Fort Osage takes care of William Chrisman

By Michael Smith The Examiner
Posted: October 13, 2018 - 12:45 AM



The Fort Osage football team has been dealing with a lot of injuries in recent weeks and that is part of the season the Indians have limped to a 3-4 start.

However, in Friday’s Suburban Middle Seven contest against William Chrisman, Fort Osage finally got all their starters back on defense, but had to deal with two offensive lineman out for the season with torn ACLs (Valentino Ulberg and Elijah Campbell).

Even with all of the injuries, there has been one constant for the Indians – all-state linebacker Von Young. The senior notched three sacks of Chrisman quarterback Dawson Herl and the rest of the defense came up big with two turnovers in a 29-14 win at home.

“I am glad I don’t go against him in one-on-ones in practice,” Fort Osage quarterback Ty Baker said of Young. “I wouldn’t want to meet him in the hole. He plays at a high level. He’s very intense, so I don’t mess with before a game.”

Young was a part of a defense that held Chrisman to just 236 yards of total offense.

“We needed this win tonight,” said Young, who also had a first-down run of 14 yards out of the wildcat formation. “It felt good to come back and show what we can do. Our record doesn’t represent who we are as a team. We just have to get better every week.”

The stout Fort Osage (4-4, 3-2) defense had a tough start to the game as the Bears (3-5, 2-3) scored on their opening possession. Chrisman had a fourth-and-10 deep in Fort Osage territory. It broke out a trick play in which Herl pitched it to running back Bryan Cox, who lobbed a pass to wide receiver Kelvyn Mason. Mason was yanked down by Indians cornerback Ben Long, which resulted in a pass interference penalty and a first down. That eventually led to a 5-yard touchdown run for Osi Nauer and a 7-0 Chrisman lead.

Fort Osage immediately responded on its first possession. Baker hit wide receiver Adam Harbord on a fly route and he ran in untouched from 59 yards out after a Chrisman cornerback slipped. Baker connected with Dakota Robertson on a fake extra point try and pass to take a 8-7 advantage in the first period.

After the Indians defense got a stop, they scored on the first play of their next drive when running back Brandon Gregory Jr. ran up the middle and juked a couple of defenders for a 52-yard TD run, extending his team’s lead to 15-7.

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