Fort Osage football coach Brock Bult and a few of his players admitted that the team had a sour taste in its mouth following a 39-9 loss to Lee’s Summit West last week.
The Indians were out for redemption and they got it against crosstown rival William Chrisman in a 23-0 shutout in a Suburban Middle Six matchup at home.
It was the first time Fort held Chrisman scoreless since 2013.
“We had a rough week last week and we watched film and got better and had a much better week of practice,” Bult said. “We want to keep building from this.”
Fort Osage’s defense dominated the Bears, only allowing their rivals into the red zone twice and holding them to just 113 yards of total offense and it also had an interception. Mason Middleton, Antonio Garcia, Isaiah Iloilo, Von Young and Giovanni Willis were among the defensive players to record a sack and/or multiple tackles for loss.
“We had a chip on our shoulder from last week, and we really wanted to come out and dominate everybody,” Garcia said. “The way coach describes (Chrisman), ‘They are our little brothers. We need to knock them around and put them back in their place when they think they can beat us.”
Two times Chrisman (5-3, 3-2 Middle Six) threatened to score, Fort’s defense came up big. A muffed punt return by Ky’Von Smith was recovered by Hunter Clark, which set up Chrisman at the Fort Osage 23. The Bears were able to move the ball to the 18, but got no farther as Von Young sacked quarterback Dawson Herl for an 8-yard loss on fourth and 5, forcing a turnover on downs early in the third period.
Chrisman elected to switch from a shotgun formation to Herl going under center and it worked at it marched the ball down to the Fort Osage 16. The Bears had a fourth and 1 but running back Christian Felix was stuffed behind the first-down marker by Middleton for another turnover on downs with 3:31 left in the third.
“We just didn’t make little things happen,” Chrisman coach Matthew Perry said. “We’re almost there, but we just have to get better. (Fort Osage) just came hard and beat us up front. Their linebackers fly around and come hard.”
While the Fort Osage (6-2, 4-1) defense was flexing it’s muscle, the offense struggled to score in the first half, only mustering 10 points. So, how was Bult going to solve this problem?
Enter Dominic Myers.
While No. 1 running back Brandon Gregory was more than serviceable with 116 rushing yards on 20 carries, Myers provided a spark by switching from wide receiver to running back in the second half.
In the first half, Myers showed off his speed by scoring on a 40-yard run on an end around play as he burned the Chrisman defense along the left sideline to put his team up 10-0. Place kicker Jake Lammering nailed a 37-yard field goal on Fort’s first drive.
When Myers moved to running back, he had an 82-yard TD run called back because of a holding penalty. He was able to get those points back as he caught a swing pass from Indian quarterback Ty Baker, juked two defenders and scored from 68 yards out to make it 16-0 at the 8:14 mark in the fourth.
Myers, who was notified by Bult that he was going to be used as a running back this week, totaled 113 yards from scrimmage with only five total touches.
“We worked on (him playing at running back) in practice and they told me I was going to get reps at running back and Coach told me to be ready,” Myers said. “My receivers and line gave me good blocks. This guy (Richard Wiseman Jr.) right here set me up with a good block (on the 68-yard TD catch and run). I just told them, ‘Just set me up and let me get into open space, and I will do my thing.’”
Added Bult: “We wanted to get him more touches and get him more involved. He’s a quick little guy. He went against our No. 1 defense (in practice) and made them miss, so he helped make our defense better.”
Baker put the finishing touches on Fort’s win when he fit a pass in a tight window. – one which he zipped between Chrisman defensive backs Kelvyn Mason and James Hicks – resulting in a 16-yard scoring play to Dez Griswold.
“They gave me enough room and I have to give the athlete the ball, and that’s what I did,” Baker said.