Staley tops Fort Osage, Oak Grove beats Odessa
By The Examiner staff
A third-quarter rally fell short for Fort Osage Friday.
The Indians dropped to 1-4 overall and 1-1 in the Suburban White with a 34-12 home loss to Staley.
"I was proud of our team tonight and the effort we put forth," Fort Osage coach Brock Bult said. "We continue to get better and need to finish from beginning to end. We need to put together a complete game and things will begin to click. We will continue to develop our young team and through that the winning will come."
Staley scored two first-quarter touchdowns three minutes apart starting at the 7:33 mark to take a 13-0 lead that lasted until halftime.
Fort Osage quarterback Ty Baker scored on a 4-yard run at the 9:33 mark of the second quarter to cut the deficit to 13-6 after the extra-point kick failed.
Staley answered quickly with a Julian Ross 49-yard touchdown run to extend the lead to 20-6.
But Fort Osage answered when Baker hit Dylan Soifua for a 5-yard touchdown pass with three seconds left in the third quarter to pull within 20-12.
The Falcons, though, scored twice in the fourth quarter – both on 4-yard runs by Ross – to pull away and improve to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Middle Six.
Baker was 10 of 19 passing for 152 yards. Derick Krones rushed for 98 yards on 18 carries to lead the Indians’ ground attack. Soifua finished with 79 yards on four receptions.
Ross finished with 237 yards on 21 carries for Staley, which outgained the Indians 516-280 in total yards.
OAK GROVE 29, ODESSA 20: Oak Grove scored the final 16 points to rally from a 20-13 deficit and down the MRVC West rival Bulldogs Friday at Odessa.
Austin Weygandt scored on a 7-yard run in the first quarter and Mason Smith scored on a 6-yard run in the second to give Odessa a 14-0 lead.
Oak Grove scored with 3:23 left in the half to cut the deficit to 14-7 at the intermission.
The Panthers scored again just 9 seconds into the third quarter but missed the extra point to make it 14-13.
Weygandt scored again at the 6:24 mark of the third to extend Odessa’s lead to 20-13, but Oak Grove then rallied for the win to improve to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in the Missouri River Valley Conference West.
Odessa dropped to 3-2 and 0-1.
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