Fort Osage cruises past Oak Park

By Shawn Roney The Examiner
Posted: September 2, 2011 - 11:48 PM

Even with a few new faces in the starting lineup, Fort Osage’s defense produced familiar results Friday night against visiting Oak Park.

Coming off a 35-6 season-opening win at Lee’s Summit North, Fort Osage’s defense held Oak Park scoreless for nearly three quarters en route to a 41-12 non-conference win. The Indians (2-0) held the Northmen (0-2) to 150 yards of total offense and intercepted Oak Park quarterback Myles Eubanks three times.

“We were a little banged up on defense — and some guys had to step up and play that normally don’t play,” said Fort Osage coach Ryan Schartz, who didn’t elaborate on the situation. “And they played pretty well.”

The touchdowns Fort Osage yielded in the third and fourth quarters clearly didn’t reflect on how the starters played, according to Schartz.

“(I’m) very proud of those kids that started the game tonight,” he said.

Northmen coach Keith Ross also was impressed with Fort Osage’s defense, saying the Indians are “about as good as anybody.” Specifically, he was impressed with senior linebacker Ryan Stick.

“That big guy in the middle’s pretty good,” he said.

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