Dalton Krysa doesn’t remember his first carry as a member of the Fort Osage High School football team.

Dalton Krysa doesn’t remember his first carry as a member of the Fort Osage High School football team.
“I do remember my first start,” said the senior running back, who will become the first player in the history of Fort Osage and Eastern Jackson County football to surpass 6,000 career yards when he picks up eight yards Friday night at North Kansas City High School, where the 7-2 Indians meet the 2-7 Hornets in the regular season and Class 5 District 10 finale. “Cody Hemme got hurt at running back my freshman year, and I got a carry or two against Truman and started the next week at Chrisman.”
Krysa finished his freshman year with 248 yards and four touchdowns. But the best was yet to come.
He rushed for 2,009 yards as a sophomore and 2,184 yards as a junior. The youngster, who earned a write-up in Sports Illustrated as a sophomore, enters Friday’s action with 5,992 career yards, 64 touchdowns and the respect of everyone who has ever watched him play.
“Dalton is remarkable,” Fort Osage activities director Brandon Hart said. “As good as he is as a player, he’s an even better representative of Fort Osage as a student. His mom and dad raised him the right way. And he also happens to be one of the hardest working kids on the team.
“You take his talent, and his work ethic, and you have a special player.”
Indians head coach Ryan Schartz agrees.
“His sophomore year, he might have snuck up on some people,” said Schartz, who helped the Indians put an end to a 19-game losing streak four years ago and followed up that season with back-to-back district titles the past two years. “But he didn’t sneak up on anyone last year. We had eight or nine guys in the box trying to stop him most nights – and they weren’t very successful.”
Krysa has 1,551 yards on the ground this season, despite leaving the game at halftime of the last three Fort Osage blowouts.
“He could probably rush for 1,000 yards in some games if he didn’t have to sit out,” said junior quarterback Edward Pearl. “To hand him the ball and watch him run is pretty amazing. I’ve never seen another back like him.”
Someday, all those yards will mean something to Krysa. But right now, he has just one goal.
“The big prize – going to state,” said Krysa, who has rushed for nearly 5 1/2 miles in his brilliant career. “I don’t care about that personal stuff. I’d trade all 5,992 yards for a trip to state.
“We came so close last year. I think about that game every day. What we have to do now is take care of business against North Kansas City, get the top spot in the playoffs and see what happens.
“Belton upset us (in the state semifinals) last year and we’d like to do that to someone this year. Now, that would be a sweet way to end my career.”
In typical Krysa fashion, as our conversation winds down, he makes a request.
“Can you mention the line and our coaches?” he asks. “I’m not anything without our line – and we have three new guys in the middle this year who have been amazing.
“And the reason for all our success that past three years has been Coach Schartz and his staff. They work harder than we do.”
Well, maybe as hard. But no one works harder than the young man who has rewritten the Indians and Eastern Jackson County record books.
Just ask anyone who has tried to stop him.
“He’s a back who hits harder than the guys who are trying to tackle him,” Pearl said. “He’s the best.”