For all but one second of the first half of the U.S. 24 rivalry between visiting Fort Osage and William Chrisman High School the marquee matchup lived up to the hype.
It was 7-0 and appeared the Bears would go into the locker room needed just one touchdown to knot the score at 7-all.
That’s when Dom Myers took a handoff from Sam Carlson. As time expired, the explosive Fort Osage running back scored on a 2-yard run to give the Indians a 14-0 lead.
Freshman Larenzo Fenner then took the opening second-half kickoff to the house for a 76-yard touchdown the rout was on as the Indians claimed a 35-0 mercy rule victory.
“They are such a well coached team, with such a great football culture,” William Chrisman coach Matt Petty said after the tough home loss. “Coach (Brock) Bult does such a good job with his team – just look at tonight, the offense, defense and special teams all contributed to this win.”
When asked about Fenner’s opening kickoff return, Perry said the Myers touchdown at the half was the backbreaker.
“We’re struggling offensively, and if we go into the half trailing 7-0 we feel like we can come back from that,” Perry said. “But 14-0, right before the half, that was a back-breaker. Then they come out and get the kickoff return for a touchdown. Those are the things the really good teams like Fort Osage do.”
Bult, who always leaves the field with his young son Brody at his side, agreed.
“You look at the 35 points and what Dom and Zo did and that’s great,” Bult said, “but you know I always look at the defense and our defense was pretty amazing tonight. Chrisman had a hard time getting anything going.”
The one opportunity the Bears had to score came after Lentrayle Brown scooped up a Fort Osage fumble at the Indians 22-yard line in the second quarter.
Chrisman drove to the 2, but quarterback Osi Nauer was tackled for a 2-yard loss by a host of Fort Osage defenders on fourth down.
“That play was huge, that was the play that really got our defense going,” said linebacker Dakota Robertson, who had two sacks against the Bears. “We take so much pride in our defense and everything was working tonight – our defense, our offense and our special teams.”
The Indians then marched the length of the field for the score just before halftime.
The Indians added a 62-yard touchdown pass to Fenner from Sam Carlson, the second time in the past two games they have hooked up for a 62-yard score, and a 14-yard touchdown run by Myers, who finished with 23 carries for 153 yards and three scores.
Carlson was 7 of 15 for 105 yards with the big touchdown pass to Fenner.
The Indians defense held the Bears to 21 yards on the ground and 88 rushing yards on 42 carries.
“When our defense plays like this and our offense and special teams play like this we’re a tough football team,” said Myers, who carried the ball 42 times for 203 yards in a victory over Raytown last Friday at home.
“I’ll carry the ball 23 times, 42 times, I’ll carry it 60 times if it helps us win.”
That comment brought a smile to Fenner’s face.
“We wanted to come out and do something special to start the second half,” Fenner said, “and we did. Tonight everything worked for our team. We’re playing our best ball when it matters – at the end of the season.”
CHRISMAN SOCCER WIN: Chrisman freshman kicker Mitchell Cory didn’t have the chance to score in the Bears football game, but he kicked the game-winning goal with just six seconds left in a 2-1 Bears’ soccer victory over the Indians as the first part of a soccer/football doubleheader.
“Tonight’s soccer game was pretty amazing because the atmosphere was great because of all the people here to watch the football game saw the end of our soccer game,” Cory said.
“On that winning goal, it was a corner kick and the ball went off our players and kind of rolled over to me and I kicked it into the goal. I was just at the right place when it rolled over to me, but it was sure fun to score the winning goal.”