Thompson carries Fort Osage past Raytown

By Michael Smith The Examiner
Posted: October 31, 2015 - 12:33 AM

With Raytown taking a surprising 14-point lead against the No. 3 ranked team in Class 5, Fort Osage coach Ryan Schartz had to pull out all the stops.

He had star quarterback Skylar Thompson carry the ball much more than Schartz would have liked and inserted wide receiver Matt Smith at the cornerback position. Both moves paid off in a 40-21 win over the Blue Jays on a rain-soaked Friday night.

It was a surprise to Schartz and his players that Raytown, a team Fort Osage defeated 55-14 two weeks ago and a team it’s dominated in recent years, started so strongly.

“They came out ready to play,” Smith said of Raytown. “I didn’t expect them to throw the ball a lot like they did. When they did they made big plays.”

Thompson carried the offense he rushed the ball 20 times for 285 yards and three touchdowns and completed 5 of 7 passes for 71 yards and two scores.

After the offensive line struggled during Fort Osage’s first two possessions on a three-and-out and when the team had to punt at the Raytown 48. In the second half, it opened up significant holes for Thompson and fullback Isaiah Iloilo, who had 159 yards on 28 carries.

“They make my life really easy,” Thompson said of his offensive line. “During the season we had some injuries up front and we’ve been trying to find spots for people. It took four to five weeks for them to start jelling but they now are. I could have driven my truck through those holes.”

Added Schartz: “We talked about how we were going to run the ball at halftime and that was part of it (Thompson carrying the ball more). We haven’t run him a whole bunch, but it’s playoff time and he’s going to touch the ball a little bit.”

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