Still searching for its first victory on the season, Fort Osage couldn’t match Lee’s Summit’s highly touted offense in Friday night’s contest with the Tigers.
At the end of a tightly contested first half, Indians sophomore quarterback Ty Baker threw a costly interception with 39 seconds to go in a one possession game. Fueled by a 56-yard pass from the Tigers senior quarterback Dalton Hill, Lee’s Summit put seven more on the board with less than five seconds to go in the half. The Tigers went 77 yards on three plays on that drive and would go on to win 45-27.
“That hurt,” Fort Osage head coach Brock Bult said. “That was a momentum killer. Kind of took all the energy away.”
While the Indians never rebounded from Baker’s interception, the sophomore quarterback showed poise throughout most of the game. He escaped the pocket several times and kept his eyes looking downfield. He ended the night going 13 of 26 for 175 yards.
“He played his butt off,” Bult said. “He still made some mistakes. He’s going to continue to learn. That’s part of growing as a sophomore quarterback. You’re not going to go out there and just take over right away.”
Though Lee’s Summit’s offense put up 459 total yards, it could have been worse on the defensive side for Fort Osage, but the Indians’ tallied four turnovers as a defense. Lee’s Summit head coach Eric Thomas admired the Indians’ grit.
“Exactly what I thought I’d see,” Thomas said. “Kids that would fight. They’re tough kids. They’ll get after it. I knew they’d have us schemed up … I think by the end of the year, I mean, they’re playing a bunch of young guys. They’re going to have a good football team.”
Fort Osage turned three of those turnovers into touchdowns. Sophomore running back Blake Robertson and junior running back Isaiah Iloilo were the beneficiaries of those turnovers. Robertson had two touchdowns off them and racked up 112 total yards. Iloilo rushed for one touchdown and accumulated 95 total yards. Junior fullback Derick Krones also netted himself a touchdown run to go along with a couple of receptions.
While the Indians had plenty of positives to move forward with the rest of the season, the quarterback play of Hill did not go unnoticed. Hill torched the Fort Osage defense for 247 yards through the air and 84 more on the ground as he was a part of all six Tigers touchdowns.
Bult said it’s a challenge to prepare for an offensive juggernaut like Lee’s Summit’s.
“You have to defend the whole field sideline to sideline, all the way to the end zone,” he said. “You have to put your defense where you got to be disciplined and trust your teammates.”