Fort Osage survives Oak Park

By Mike Genet The Examiner
Posted: September 21, 2018 - 11:32 PM



As the slot receiver on the side of the play where Blake Robertson’s run from the 3-yard line happened to veer, Fort Osage senior Dominic Myers had a clear view and feared Robertson might fumble, the way he was carrying the ball.

“When the hit came, I saw the ball come out, and it just happened to fall right there,” Myers said. “One-step touchdown.

“It hit the ground, and I was just (in the) right place, right time.”

It was Robertson’s only carry of the game, but the fortuitous bounce to Myers came with 3 seconds left and lifted Fort Osage to a 21-14 Suburban Middle Seven win over Oak Park at Staley High School.

The Indians were missing five regulars on defense and four on offense, including all three defensive linemen and 40 percent of the offensive line, and Oak Park controlled most of the game with a steady ground attack. But Fort Osage made enough big stops on defense and enough big plays with the ball to gut out a win and improve to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play.

“This will be one to remember,” Fort Osage coach Brock Bult said. “Our kids, they fought. They had to help each other.

“Our defense has fought all year. We’ve had some troubles in the fourth quarter, and tonight they got it done in the fourth quarter.”

Fort Osage’s winning drive started at its 20 with 4:40 play, after Oak Park (2-3, 2-2) put together a 14-play drive – all on the ground – but missed a 30-yard field goal.

On third-and-17 from its 29, faced with a punt a chance for Oak Park to win it or take it to overtime, Fort Osage quarterback Ty Baker zipped a pass to wide receiver Richard Wiseman for 23 yards.

Four snaps later, Baker ran up the middle for 21 yards to the Oak Park 17. Brandon Gregory Jr. rushed for 11 more yards and Von Young hit the line for 3 to set up Robertson’s near-touchdown that went to Myers instead – his second of the game.

The speedy 5-foot-5 Myers needed a few more steps for his first touchdown – a deep heave that he caught in stride from Baker for a 60-yard touchdown two plays into the third quarter. That and Keegan Lammering’s extra-point kick tied the game at 14.

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