FOOTBALL: Junior Indians finish undefeated

OSAGE CITY—The Osage City Middle School Indians finished their season 7-0 as Flint Hills Junior League Champions. The team was undefeated, outscoring opponents 258-32.

“The boys battled through a series of early setbacks due to injury and illness,” said OCMS coach Marrion Smith. “After two knee injuries, a separated shoulder, a broken collar bone, a deep thigh contusion and a concussion took down six players, the boys kept their heads up and never lost focus on their goals.

“Quarterback Trenton Plinsky had many tools at his disposal,” Smith said. “Derrik Cooley led the offense in scoring, with Mason Shaver not far behind. Krimzyn Clark stepped in for the injured River Davis and added his stamp at the end of several scoring drives as well. Colton Prunty and Colton Williams gave a perimeter threat in the passing game. Dylan Anderson stepped in from time to time and found his way to end zone as well.

“All this was made possible by the grunt work of an outstanding offensive line,” Smith said. “Eighth-graders Brant Dayhoff, Kevin Lauber, Coleton Mitchell, Caleb Smith, Wyatt Green and Scott Cashier got the job done in the trenches to provide good running lanes for the backfield.”

The Indians were even stronger on defense, allowing just 6 points on the first string defense, and 32 points overall.

“Defensively, the boys played very well this season,” Smith said. “With all the injuries and illness we faced, players were asked to step up and play new positions several times throughout the season. Each opportunity was met with eagerness and intensity. Shaver and Mitchell led the defense in tackles from the linebacker position with Ryan Smith, while Cooley and Clark funneled everything inside. Dayhoff, Lauber, Smith, Green and Cashier cleaned up on the defensive line while Plinsky, Prunty and Williams shut down the passing game.

“I am very proud of the boys this year. They battled hard through a lot of adversity and played well against some very good opponents,” Smith said. “The contributions of the rest of the team are too numerous to mention. As the season progressed and the injuries piled up, the phrase ‘Team Deep’ was used by one parent to describe the way the boys were able to fill the void left by fallen teammates. Throughout the season and all the adversity, these boys showed true team pride and poise as they adhered to our season motto and promised to ‘Hold the Rope.’”

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