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Ezra 7:10

“Now Ezra had determined in his heart to study the law of the LORD, obey it, and teach its statutes and ordinances in Israel.”

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     ... For the boys of fall.

 

     On Friday, November 10th, The Fort Osage football team played their final game of the season.  They played Staley in the quarterfinals of the state tournament.  It was a great game, tied at 14 until the middle of the fourth quarter, when Staley took the ball 99 yards down the field and scored the winning touchdown.

     I spent hours photographing the team, the cheerleaders, the Indianettes, and the marching band (my daughter plays flute) at every home game this past year.  It was so much fun to see all the students involved grow as the year progressed.  From the Red/White game, to the final match, I'm glad that I got to be part of it.  Here is a recap of the season, and a few of my thoughts.

The best part of the Meet the Squad night was seeing Mr. Moore back on the sidelines. He went through cancer treatment and missed much of the 2016-2017 school year. He was back in 2017-2018, and leading the school like never before. Seeing him out on the sidelines every game fills me with hope that we can overcome anything and be back stronger than before!

The best part of the Meet the Squad night was seeing Mr. Moore back on the sidelines. He went through cancer treatment and missed much of the 2016-2017 school year. He was back in 2017-2018, and leading the school like never before. Seeing him out on the sidelines every game fills me with hope that we can overcome anything and be back stronger than before!

Offense gets a lot of my attention when taking photographs. I love getting the ball in the shot. However, nothing gets a team excited like a big hit, a turn over, or a sack. Fort Osage applied a ton of pressure on defense to beat Lee's Summit 35-14 in the first home game of the season. What a great way to celebrate our senior night as well!

Offense gets a lot of my attention when taking photographs. I love getting the ball in the shot. However, nothing gets a team excited like a big hit, a turn over, or a sack. Fort Osage applied a ton of pressure on defense to beat Lee's Summit 35-14 in the first home game of the season. What a great way to celebrate our senior night as well!

Homecoming night is a wonderful time at Fort Osage. There is so much school pride on display. One thing made this Homecoming even more special for me, and that was seeing one of my former students, and the starting center for the team, named Homecoming King. Congratulations Jan! (pronounced "YAWN") Oh, and by the way, we won the game 45-25 over Ruskin.

Homecoming night is a wonderful time at Fort Osage. There is so much school pride on display. One thing made this Homecoming even more special for me, and that was seeing one of my former students, and the starting center for the team, named Homecoming King. Congratulations Jan! (pronounced "YAWN") Oh, and by the way, we won the game 45-25 over Ruskin.

Sadly, only a few teams can win every game of the year. Fort Osage's third home match was against the undefeated Lee's Summit West Titans. At the time, they were one of the highest ranked class 6 teams in the state, and we're a class 5 school. The boys tried their best, but the offense couldn't put up any points, and the defense couldn't slow them down. Fort Osage lost this game 39-9. Even in bad games (for us) at least I get the opportunity to take pictures of a bunch of wonder young men. Like this great catch by our deep threat (he averaged nearly 22 yards per reception this season)!

Sadly, only a few teams can win every game of the year. Fort Osage's third home match was against the undefeated Lee's Summit West Titans. At the time, they were one of the highest ranked class 6 teams in the state, and we're a class 5 school. The boys tried their best, but the offense couldn't put up any points, and the defense couldn't slow them down. Fort Osage lost this game 39-9. Even in bad games (for us) at least I get the opportunity to take pictures of a bunch of wonder young men. Like this great catch by our deep threat (he averaged nearly 22 yards per reception this season)!

While this isn't the best image I've ever captured, I need to give some love to my former student Dom. He had an amazing game in Fort Osage's routing of William Chrisman 23-0. He was nearly unstoppable. On six touches, he had 109 all purpose yards and scored two touchdowns. Great job Dom!

While this isn't the best image I've ever captured, I need to give some love to my former student Dom. He had an amazing game in Fort Osage's routing of William Chrisman 23-0. He was nearly unstoppable. On six touches, he had 109 all purpose yards and scored two touchdowns. Great job Dom!

I love capturing a good image of the quarterback. You would think it's easy, seeing as how they touch the ball on nearly every play... However, getting good, sharp images while someone is moving, when there is low light is pretty tough. I got this one during warm-ups before our district game vs. Truman. Fort Osage would win this game 34-0, and move on to the District Championship game versus 24 hwy rival, William Chrisman.

I love capturing a good image of the quarterback. You would think it's easy, seeing as how they touch the ball on nearly every play... However, getting good, sharp images while someone is moving, when there is low light is pretty tough. I got this one during warm-ups before our district game vs. Truman. Fort Osage would win this game 34-0, and move on to the District Championship game versus 24 hwy rival, William Chrisman.

William Chrisman came to play in the District Championship Game. Leading through the first quarter, and totally stopping our offense. Late in the third quarter, Fort Osage switched to their "Wild Cat" formation. The leading rusher for the evening was Kaia. All-state in soccer, and a great football player as well. He led the team down to the goal line several times where Fort Osage would put in their "Jumbo" unit and score. This image was the winning touchdown scored by fullback Derick!

William Chrisman came to play in the District Championship Game. Leading through the first quarter, and totally stopping our offense. Late in the third quarter, Fort Osage switched to their "Wild Cat" formation. The leading rusher for the evening was Kaia. All-state in soccer, and a great football player as well. He led the team down to the goal line several times where Fort Osage would put in their "Jumbo" unit and score. This image was the winning touchdown scored by fullback Derick!

Fort Osage's season came to an end at the hands of Undefeated, Number 1 ranked Staley. Knowing it would be a tough game, Fort Osage didn't back down. They scored the opening kick-off (great return Dom), and were tied going into the fourth quarter. Having just downed the ball at the one yard line, with 7 minutes left to play, Fort Osage was looking like they could hang with Staley. One play changed everything. Escaping from a sack in the endzone, the Staley quarterback threw a 60 yard pass down the middle of the field. They would go on down the field to score and never look back. Fort Osage 14, Staley 28. Great season boys, and thanks for letting me be a part of it.

Fort Osage's season came to an end at the hands of Undefeated, Number 1 ranked Staley. Knowing it would be a tough game, Fort Osage didn't back down. They scored the opening kick-off (great return Dom), and were tied going into the fourth quarter. Having just downed the ball at the one yard line, with 7 minutes left to play, Fort Osage was looking like they could hang with Staley. One play changed everything. Escaping from a sack in the endzone, the Staley quarterback threw a 60 yard pass down the middle of the field. They would go on down the field to score and never look back. Fort Osage 14, Staley 28. Great season boys, and thanks for letting me be a part of it.

Last year, voters in the Fort Osage district approved a bond for improvements to the district facilities. One of the improvements will be a new football/soccer/track stadium. It will include a new 8 lane track, new bleachers and press box, and new field turf. Fort Osage is the last school in the area that played on grass. It was a unique feature, and not being able to see a game on real grass will be missed. This stadium complex, and grass field have been part of the high school since the beginning. The images above are here in remembrance, and so we can show the kids of the future, that "Yes, Virginia, football did use to be played on grass."

Last year, voters in the Fort Osage district approved a bond for improvements to the district facilities. One of the improvements will be a new football/soccer/track stadium. It will include a new 8 lane track, new bleachers and press box, and new field turf. Fort Osage is the last school in the area that played on grass. It was a unique feature, and not being able to see a game on real grass will be missed. This stadium complex, and grass field have been part of the high school since the beginning. The images above are here in remembrance, and so we can show the kids of the future, that "Yes, Virginia, football did use to be played on grass."

 

Song: The Boys of Fall by Kenny Chesney

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