It was good-news, bad-news scenario for the Fort Osage football team following its Class 5 District 7 semifinal against crosstown rival William Chrisman.
The good news for the Indians? They scored 21 points in less than four minutes on their way to a 45-14 rout of the Bears. The bad news? Fort Osage lost its big-play receiver, Dominic Myers, to a leg injury in the third quarter.
Quarterback Ty Baker connected with Myers on a 5-yard out route and turned it into a 9-yard completion. He was tackled out of bounds and was down for a few minutes, holding his left leg. He was helped off the field by trainers as he was trying to keep the pressure off his left leg.
When Fort Osage went inside its weight room for its post-game huddle, senior running back Brandon Gregory Jr. and senior wide receiver Richard Wiseman Jr. carried Myers inside, and the injured playmaker was cheered while he was holding crutches.
“There will definitely be an impact there,” Baker said of Myers, who leads the Indians with combined rushing and receiving yards with 614. “We got guys stepping up. We had (Adam) Harbord out this week, but he should be back next week.”
At 7 p.m. next Friday, the Indians will face No. 4 seed Belton, which upset No. 1 seed Raytown 35-7 Friday. Will Myers heal in time to play in that game?
“We’re still waiting to hear about it,” Fort Osage head coach Brock Bult said of the injury after the game. “The doctors are going to get it checked out. It doesn’t look real good right now. We’ll keep our fingers crossed. You hate to see that.”
However, the Indians (6-4) have been dealing with injuries all year. At one point in the season, Fort Osage was missing nine starters. Bult is confident that his team will adjust.
“Like it’s been all year, it’s next man up,” Bult said.
It helped the Indians’ cause that they were able to jump out to a big lead in the first quarter. Chrisman wide receiver Simeon Leau-Fiso dropped the opening kickoff, picked up the football and tried to pitch it Tre’Vaughn Sisco. The senior couldn’t corral the pitch, and the Indians recovered the ball at the 5. It was a double whammy for the Bears (5-6) on the kickoff as Sisco was injured on the play and missed the rest of the game.
“You really can’t explain those plays,” Bult said. “They are just weird plays, but our kids were there to take advantage of the situation. That just set the tone.”
Fort Osage senior linebacker Von Young IV took the direct snap out of the wildcat formation on the first play and scored from 5 yards out for a 7-0 lead.
“With Von back there, and our big guys up front, you aren’t stopping him on that play,” Baker said. “He’s pound for pound one of the strongest guys I know.”
Chrisman went three-and-out on its next possession and the snap was dropped. Senior defensive back Blake Murphy recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown and a 14-0 advantage.
“He didn’t play in the Raytown game and you could tell because that was the one game our defense didn’t look the same,” Bult said of Murphy. “He’s a big part of our defense. He keeps everything under control. ”
Added Murphy: “We put our best guys on special teams just like we on defense. We just fly to the ball.”
Another Bears three-and-out and a short punt from quarterback Dawson Herl set the Indians up at the Chrisman 33. The drive led to a 7-yard TD pass from Baker to Myers. Fort Osage started from the Bears’ 34 on its next drive and senior running back Blake Robertson went into the end zone untouched for a 14-yard score, giving the Indians a 28-0 lead with 4:39 left in the first period.
The Bears scored their first TD in an unusual fashion with 7:15 left in the second quarter. Mason, who plays at wide receiver on offense, lined up at quarterback and lobbed a high pass. Herl leaped and grabbed it for a touchdown to make it 28-7.
That was Chrisman’s last TD until there was 1:19 left. Herl connected with running back Jaden Thomas for a 26-yard scoring strike.
But the Indians turned it into a rout with Gregory’s 25-yard scoring run in the first half, and Jake Lammering’s 29-yard field goal and senior running back Roman Tinoco’s 27-yard jaunt in the second half.