Fort Osage gets solid win over Belton

By Michael Smith The Examiner
Posted: November 10, 2018 - 2:34 AM

Belton made it no secret what its offensive strategy was in the first half of Friday’s Class 5 District 7 championship game against Fort Osage.

The Pirates lined up in the wildcat formation, with eight offensive linemen and two fullbacks and the center snapped it to the lone running back – Ayden Holt or Amo Asaeli – on every play.

After struggling to stop it in the first half, Fort Osage held Belton scoreless in the second half to earn a 28-7 victory at home.

“We knew it was going to take a while (to slow Belton’s rushing attack),” Fort head coach Brock Bult said. “There’s no way you can simulate that in practice.”

The Indians (7-4) will play Staley, which defeated North Kansas City 44-0 in another district game, next week in the state quarterfinals, tentatively set for 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17.

Belton (4-8) got the ball to the Indian 2-yard line on the first drive, but the Indians forced a turnover on downs.

From there, Fort Osage marched to the Belton 12. But senior quarterback Ty Baker threw an interception on a pass intended for senior Blake Robertson in the back of the end zone.

On its next possession, Fort Osage went three-and-out and tried to punt, but senior Blake Murphy muffed the snap and was tackled at the Indian 12.

After four plays, Holt scored from 1 yard out to give Belton a 7-0 lead late in the second period.

Fort Osage had 1:05 left on its last possession of the first half. On a fourth-and-15 from the Belton 29, Baker lobbed a pass to senior wide receiver Cahleel Smith. He leaped and bobbled the ball with a Belton cornerback defending. Smith, however, went to his knees and caught the ball to tie it at 7-7 with 6.1 seconds left.

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