While it was admittedly not the way head coach Brock Bult drew it up, the Fort Osage football team notched its first win – and Bult’s first win as a head coach – against a winless Ruskin team Friday night, 19-14.
A 76-yard touchdown pass as the first half expired gave Ruskin (0-4) a 14-13 halftime lead. Just more than three minutes into the second half, the Indians (1-3) responded with a 6-yard touchdown run by junior running back Isaiah Iloilo to give them the lead for good.
“Coach had some inspiring words in the locker room and we just came out with a chip on our shoulder ready to go,” Fort Osage sophomore linebacker Von Young said. “We just came out as a family and as a team.”
Iloilo was the workhorse for the Indians as he racked up 98 yards on the ground to go along with his 59 receiving yards. He also ended the night with three rushing touchdowns.
Bult said that it was nothing new for Iloilo, but it still did not keep him from bragging about his performance.
“This guy finally lowered his shoulders and ran tonight,” Bult said, joking. “We have been waiting to see that and we know he’s been hobbled a little bit. He’s getting back to full speed at the right time. The O-line is clicking and making holes for him.”
While for the first time all season Fort Osage got the end result it wanted, it wasn’t exactly the performance Bult was hoping for. There were a few times the Indians failed to capitalize when they had chances to shift the game in their favor.
In the second quarter, Fort Osage started with the ball on the Ruskin 24 after a muffed punt, only for sophomore quarterback Ty Baker to throw an interception two plays later.
Seven minutes later when Ruskin sophomore running back Shakespeare Williams caught the long touchdown to end the half, the Indians had him all but tackled two or three times before he dashed down the sideline into the end zone.
“It’s just being inexperienced,” Bult said. “Not knowing how to put a team away. Every time we were there, we did something once again to put them back in the game.”
Even after Iloilo’s third touchdown to take the 19-14 lead, Ruskin hung in there. As the offense stalled beyond the play of Iloilo, putting up 201 total yards, the defense had its work cut out for it.
To go along with only allowing 14 points, the allowed only 254 total yards, 163 of which came from Williams. The Eagles’ scoring plays equaled 138 of those yards. Most of the yards came in big chunks as Fort Osage limited Ruskin to 2 or less yards on seven different drives.
“We had two mental lapses basically in the game,” Bult said. “Outside of those two plays, they played about as perfect of a game as you can ask for.”