Fort Osage tops Ruskin for first win
By Tyler Brown Special to The Examiner
While it was admittedly not the way head coach Brock Bult drew it up, the Fort Osage football team notched its first win – and Bult’s first win as a head coach – against a winless Ruskin team Friday night, 19-14.
A 76-yard touchdown pass as the first half expired gave Ruskin (0-4) a 14-13 halftime lead. Just more than three minutes into the second half, the Indians (1-3) responded with a 6-yard touchdown run by junior running back Isaiah Iloilo to give them the lead for good.
“Coach had some inspiring words in the locker room and we just came out with a chip on our shoulder ready to go,” Fort Osage sophomore linebacker Von Young said. “We just came out as a family and as a team.”
Iloilo was the workhorse for the Indians as he racked up 98 yards on the ground to go along with his 59 receiving yards. He also ended the night with three rushing touchdowns.
Bult said that it was nothing new for Iloilo, but it still did not keep him from bragging about his performance.
“This guy finally lowered his shoulders and ran tonight,” Bult said, joking. “We have been waiting to see that and we know he’s been hobbled a little bit. He’s getting back to full speed at the right time. The O-line is clicking and making holes for him.”
While for the first time all season Fort Osage got the end result it wanted, it wasn’t exactly the performance Bult was hoping for. There were a few times the Indians failed to capitalize when they had chances to shift the game in their favor.
In the second quarter, Fort Osage started with the ball on the Ruskin 24 after a muffed punt, only for sophomore quarterback Ty Baker to throw an interception two plays later.
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