Fort Osage coach Brock Bult wasn’t satisfied with his team’s effort in the first half Friday.
So he gave them a challenge for the second half.
It worked. A pair of special teams plays sparked Fort Osage in the fourth quarter and then the legs of quarterback Greg Menne provided key plays to seal a 29-20 Suburban Middle Six victory over Truman.
The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for the Indians, who scored all 29 points in the second half.
“We weren’t doing our job in the first half and we challenged them to have more passion, to be more physical and get better each time they are on the field,” Bult said. “They stepped up to the challenge.”
Early in the fourth quarter, Truman regained the lead on a quirky play. Dimitri Smith got a first down but fumbled. The ball bounced in and out of the hands of a Fort Osage defender and then Truman wide receiver Chris Rhodes picked it up at the 28-yard line and ran it in for a touchdown.
Though Truman (0-7, 0-5 Middle Six) regained the lead, Fort Osage blocked the extra point attempt and trailed 20-14.
Then, the Indians (2-6, 2-3) had another big special teams play.