Fort Osage cruises past Ruskin

By Mike Genet The Examiner
Posted: October 19, 2018 - 11:22 PM

About the only thing that slowed Fort Osage was halftime – such as it was Friday night in the Indians’ 58-0 rout at Ruskin to end the regular season.

With the second quarter winding down and the visiting Indians leading 46-0, they had a first down at the Ruskin 23 thanks to Brandon Gregory’s 10-yard run and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Ruskin that resulted in an ejection.

At that point, with 1:19 left, the two light towers on the visitors side of Ruskin’s stadium went out, leaving the field with less-than-ideal lighting and leading officials to declare an early halftime – and hope for maintenance people to restore power.

The lights did come back on as Ruskin’s drumline rat-tat-tatted away during halftime, and the teams played the final 1:19 before going right to a rolling-clock second half that zipped by quickly.

With the win, Fort Osage finished the regular season 5-4, 4-2 in the Suburban Middle Seven and earned a first-round bye for the Class 5 District 7 playoffs. Given the upcoming break, Fort Osage coach Brock Bult and his players were glad the electrical issue was resolved.

“We got some (more) kids some playing time,” he said. “We’re able to run some plays, and I’m sure they wanted to run some more plays. It’s high school football; you deal with it. Crazy things happen.”

Fort Osage had the game in hand long before that craziness. The Indians scored on their sixth play, a 35-yard touchdown heave from Ty Baker to Richard Cooper. Before the first quarter was done, Blake Robertson had touchdown plunges of 1 and 3 yards, and in between Dakota Robertson stopped Ruskin back Rahjai Rivers in the end zone for a safety as the Indians led 23-0.

Bult said he was pleased to see his team take control right away and not let up.

“That’s what I told the kids before,” Bult said. “If you want to be elite team, that’s what you’re supposed to do – take care business. Sometimes you worry about that as a coach. Against the big dogs, you don’t have to worry about that.”

The Eagles (1-8) struggling mightily to move the ball on Fort Osage’s defense – they managed just two first downs and finished with minus-3 yards – and didn’t fare much better punting, as their longest of six boots went just 29 yards. That gave Fort Osage short fields to start on offense.

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