Fort Osage rolls past Lee's Summit

By Colby Gordon Special to The Examiner
Posted: September 1, 2017 - 11:02 PM

Things seemed bleak for Fort Osage when the first quarter ended Friday.

The Indians trailed Lee’s Summit 14-0 at home, having turned the ball over twice on offense and yielded more than 120 yards on defense.

Good thing for the Indians that football games last four quarters.

The Indians played near-flawless football the rest of the contest, scoring 35 unanswered points and improving to 3-0 on the season with a 35-14 win.

“I’m really proud of our kids,” Fort Osage coach Brock Bult said. “We didn’t get off to the greatest start, obviously, but they never quit and kept fighting. We knew we were making mistakes, we cleaned it up, came together, played together and found a way to get it done.”

The game saw the return of senior Isaiah Iloilo to running back, at least for a few carries, as he scored two touchdowns in addition to being his usual force on the defensive line.

“It feels amazing to carry the ball again,” Iloilo said. “I miss it a lot. But coach loves playing me on defense and I love playing defense and love being able to fill any kind of role that coach asks me to do. So being able to hop back there at running back, it’s a great feeling. It’s one of the best feelings I have, but I can’t do it without my offensive line.”

Fort Osage quarterback Ty Baker completed 15 of 22 passes for 222 yards and a touchdown and also added a score on the ground.

“The offense played well,” Baker said. “I had good protection from the line all night and the credit goes to them. The receivers were getting open, I just have to get them the ball and let them do their magic. When we get going as an offense it’s hard to stop.”

The Indians less-than-ideal first quarter began on the opening kickoff when Somaj Brewer returned it to the Fort Osage 7. Two plays later, Caden Perry plunged in from the 1 to give Lee’s Summit a 7-0 lead with less than 55 seconds off the clock.