Park Hill holds down Fort Osage

By Cody Thorn / Special to The Examiner
Posted: September 28, 2018 - 11:25 PM



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Brock Bult knew Park Hill had a solid defense watching film this week.

The Fort Osage coach was aware his offensive line, which is battling injuries, was going to have a challenge. He was right.

The Trojans’ defense pressured quarterback Ty Baker all night and got a pair of touchdowns to pick up a 23-7 victory in a non-conference game Friday.

Park Hill turned two of host Fort Osage’s three turnovers into 14 points with a pick-six and a short fumble return for the game’s final points in the third quarter.

“Our kids played hard all night and fought hard, but we made mistakes early,” Bult said. “We tried to correct them but that is a really good defense. They will give you a lot of offensive issues. We talked that this is a team that we have to beat to get where we want to get. We will watch film and keep working and fix what we need to fix.”

The first quarter featured 17 of the game’s 30 points in a 3 1/2-minute span that started with Jackson Austin booting a 23-yard goal for Park Hill with 3:19 left in the first quarter. The kick was tipped at the Fort Osage lined but wobbled its way through the uprights.

Baker quickly moved the Indians (3-3) down the field, but on first-and-10 from the Park Hill 31, he threw a pass that Haden Wallace picked off one-handed – his right hand is in a cast following summer surgery – and ran it back 75 yards for a touchdown.

Up 10-0, momentum quickly shifted away from the Trojans (4-2), winners of four straight.

Von Young IV fielded the kickoff and ran up the middle and then scooted toward his sideline on his way for a 78-yard touchdown to pull the Indians within 10-7.

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