Fort Osage rebounds with win over Belton

By Michael Smith The Examiner
Posted: September 8, 2018 - 9:39 AM

Fort Osage senior linebacker Von Young IV is leader of the defense, and going into Friday’s game against Belton, he had two interceptions but no touchdowns this season.

He got one Friday against the Pirates, but not in a way Fort Osage fans might think. With the Indians lined up in the jumbo package, Young took a handoff and bulldozed his way for a 2-yard touchdown run, highlighting a 40-6 Suburban Middle Seven victory on the road.

It was the senior’s first offensive touch in five years.

“It felt pretty good,” Young said. “It’s been since my eighth grade year since I got to touch the ball on offense.”

When asked about the rare score for the team’s defensive leader, senior running back Brandon Gregory Jr. chuckled a little bit then flashed a wide smile.

“That man! Von Young, that’s the dude!” Gregory exclaimed. “He plays and hits in practice. I don’t like to get hit by him, so I try to make a move on him every now and then, but it doesn’t work a lot of times.”

So, what made the Indians go to a defensive player to carry the ball on offense?

“He’s strong and determined,” Fort Osage head coach Brock Bult said.

So was the rest of the team, which put forth a dominant effort. Young’s touchdown came on fourth-and-goal from the 2 and made it 33-0 late in the third quarter. Gregory, who didn’t start, rushed for 125 yards on just 10 carries. He scored on runs of 37 and 55 in the second half to put an exclamation point on the win.

“Most of my success comes from my line,” Gregory said. “Without my O-line, I can’t do anything.”

The Indians’ offense looked much improved following a 22-15 loss to Lee’s Summit West last week. It totaled 384 yards and senior quarterback Ty Baker was a big part of that.

The Missouri State commit completed seven of 14 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns and an interception. He also carried the ball eight times for 36 yards. One of his scores came on a long pass when he connected with junior wide receiver Dominic Myers, who was wide open along the left sideline and he scored on an 82-yard catch-and-run late in the second.

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