Dom Myers and his Fort Osage teammates saved the best for last Friday night.
They broke open a tight game that was 7-6 at halftime against visiting Truman and went on to claim a 46-12 Class 5 District 7 semifinal victory.
The Indians advance to the district final next Friday against host Raytown, a 26-7 winner over William Chrisman in another district semifinal.
Myers broke out for another huge game, rushing for 287 yards and scoring five touchdowns.
Myers scored the Indians’ lone touchdown in the first half on a slick, 15-yard off tackle play at 9:06 of the second period.
Hector Hernandez’s extra point made it 7-0, but the Patriots countered on a 51-yard touchdown pass from Carter Brown to Drake Hawley just two minutes later. The Patriots’ 2-point run attempt failed and that was the score heading into an explosive third period.
“We really didn’t say much at the half. These guys knew what they needed to do and they went out and got the job done in the second half – offensively and defensively,” Fort Osage coach Brock Bult said after his team improved to 6-4.
Myers caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Sam Carlson to make it 14-6 at 7:20 of the third period. The explosive tailback then scored on a 29-yard run to make the score 20-6 as the extra point was wide.
Following a surprise onside’s kick, the Indians marched down the field and Carlson found Benjamin Nettleton in the end zone for a 6-yard scoring strike and the rout was on.
That gave the Indians a 26-6 advantage going into the fourth quarter, which belonged to Myers and his offensive line.
Myers scored on runs of 31 and 65 yards and defensive back Blake Williams sealed the big win with 35-yard pick-six.
“That’s my first varsity interception,” Williams said, grinning. “When our offense kind of struggled in the first half we knew they’d get it going in the second half, and Dom and the guys went out and got it done.
“This was just a great team win.”
No one sported a wider smile than Myers, who finished with 287 yards rushing on 36 carries and the 12-yard touchdown reception. But he took some good-natured grief from Fort Osage School District Superintendent Jason Snodgrass for a less-than-perfect pass that fell incomplete when the Indians were still trying to generate some offense.
“I thought someone was out duck hunting,” joked Snodgrass.
Myers just grinned.
“We came into this game off a bye week, and I think it took us a half to get back into the football mode, to get back to getting used to playing on a Friday night,” Myers said.
“And when we went out in the second half, we were ready, and we played like we were ready. That was just a game of two halves and we played much better the second half.”
Truman’s final score came on a 23-yard pass from Brown to Quincy Scott, who made an acrobatic, juggling catch in the end zone.
Following the game, Truman coach Charlie Pugh addressed his team, thanking his Patriots (1-9) for their hard work and dedication.
“You’re never prepared for the hurt you’re going to feel following that lost loss and you’re there with a group of players who worked their tails off for you all season,” Pugh said, as most of his players go both ways on offense and defense.
“These young men are top of the line – on the field, in the classroom and in the game of life.”
Brown finished the night completing 8 of 26 passes for 141 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Carlson was 7 of 16 for 78 yards and two touchdowns.
The Indians defense held Truman to minus-8 yards rushing on 17 carries.