This wasn’t the result Fort Osage coach Ryan Schartz expected. And it definitely wasn’t the outcome Raytown South coach David Allie imagined.

This wasn’t the result Fort Osage coach Ryan Schartz expected. And it definitely wasn’t the outcome Raytown South coach David Allie imagined.

It’s a safe bet that no one associated with either the Fort Osage or Raytown South football programs foresaw a final score like the one that lit up the scoreboard Friday at Fort Osage High School. The previous five meetings between the Suburban Middle Seven Conference rivals were decided by an average of just 6.4 points. But Friday, the game ended with a running clock as the Class 5 No. 7 Indians creamed the Cardinals 36-0.

Fort Osage (4-1, 2-0) rolled to the victory behind a handful of huge plays and a suffocating defensive effort. On the other side, the Cardinals never established a consistent rhythm thanks to seven penalties, a blocked punt and a safety.

“Not your typical Ray-South-Fort game,” Cardinals coach David Allie said.  

“Coach reminded us all week of the past years of what the rivalry’s been with them,” added Fort Osage receiver Brandan Reeve. “... We’ve always been playing them in the playoffs, and we’ll probably play them in the playoffs again. That’s a good team.”

Reeve insisted that the team the Indians dismantled Friday was so much more than the Cardinals (2-3, 0-2) showed. He raved about Ray-South’s speed and complimented the Cardinals’ defense.

But that same unit spent much of Friday night chasing Reeve as the senior accounted for all seven of Fort Osage’s receptions and racked up 165 yards and two touchdowns.
Reeve’s first score came at the 9:52 mark of the first quarter on a 59-yard pass from Steven McBee. He also started the second half by hauling in a 54-yard bomb that pushed the Indians ahead 22-0.

“We just set them up,” Reeve said. “Coach talked about going in, fake the corner, go to the post. We just set them up with good releases and hacked the hand when they tried to get on us, because they’re a very physical team.”

 Reeve’s second score proved especially crucial as the Indians missed an opportunity near the end of the first half when the Cardinals stuffed a Fort Osage drive a yard short of the end zone.

“Second half, our kids did a good job of sight adjusting,” Schartz said. “We ran one play and they gave us a certain look and our kids did a great job of sight adjusting to a route to get that touchdown. That was really big for us. Big momentum.”

And after being bottled for the better part of the first half, sophomore running back Ezra Vaoifi broke off a pair of long touchdown runs – 24 and 36 yards – for the Indians’ final two scores.

Vaoifi finished with 86 rushing yards on nine carries.  

As the Indians busted off big plays, the Fort Osage defense thwarted every Cardinal charge. The Indians surrendered just 128 total yards and held Raytown South to 60 rushing yards on 41 carries.

The Cardinals utilize a deep backfield highlighted by twins Jamaal and Jameel Cox, who both received second team all-conference honors last season. But with starting quarterback Devin Hannah injured, Schartz knew where his defense needed to focus its efforts.

“That’s the No. 1 thing we stressed all week,” Schartz said. “Coach (Jon) Oyler put a great game plan together designed to take away the run. We did know they’re on their second or third quarterback and that factored into our game plan. But they had some kids they could hand it to. ... But a lot of those guys were playing both sides of the ball. We felt like if we could get to the third quarter, they’d start wearing down just a little bit.”

As effective as Schartz’s strategy was and as satisfied with Friday’s result as he is, he also noted the possibility of running into the Cardinals again – as has happened in three of the last four seasons when the teams have met in the postseason.

“They always get better every year,” Schartz said. “... That’s always in the back of my mind. You play them once, and they get all the time and chances to make all these adjustments. ... That’s a playoff team. I’ll guarantee you that.”