Indians dominate Patriots in District Semi-Final

Story by Cali Roberts, Reporter

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The varsity football team took on the Truman Patriots Friday, Nov. 8 winning 46-12 and advancing to the Class 5 District 7 Final. Head Coach Brock Bult had confidence in his players from the very start of the game. 

“I just expect them to come out and play hard, play together, and have fun,” Coach Bult said. “We have a lot of confidence, we continue to get better and that’s what we’re going to do tonight.” 

The Indians struggled to move the ball in the first half, leaving the Indians up at a close 7-6 at halftime. The team came out strong in the second half, scoring 39 points. Senior running back Dominic Myers finished the game with 287 yards rushing on 36 carries. Coach Bult knew the offense was going to pull their weight.

“Things weren’t going our way early,” Coach Bult said. “They were obviously frustrated. We were able to work through it though and really get some stuff going on offense. We’re going to continue to work and get better.”

Coach Bult had high praise for both the second half performances of the offense and defense.

“Dom had a big second half, we got him going, got him some space. Our defense, all of them I can’t single one of them out, they all played. We’re going to continue to work and get better, we can’t have a bad half.”

Myers scored five touchdowns throughout the game, gaining 30 points for the Indians. Senior quarterback Sam Carlson found junior wide receiver Benjamin Nettelton in the end zone for a 6 yard interception  touchdown. Junior defensive back Blake Williams capped off the win returning an interception for a 35 yard touchdown.

“We stepped it up as a team,” Myers said. “We’re playing a team that were better than. We just came out second half and handled business. Next week is gonna be a big one. We gotta take it one game at a time and we cant have slow starts. We have to put our foot on the pedal at the beginning. Once we do that, we’re a tough team.”

The Indians will play Raytown on Friday Nov. 15 at Fort Osage High School’s stadium. Myers looks forward to the week ahead. 

“Right now were just worried about us getting better, that’s all we can do,” Myers said. “We have practice next week, taking things one day at a time and getting ready for next Friday. We’re gonna work hard and practice, not take people lightly cause we took Truman very lightly in the first half and we don’t wanna do that against teams like Raytown. We have to treat every opponent like it’s our last game. We just have to come out and do our jobs.”

Live coverage of the Class 5 District 7 Championship game will be webcast live  by KFOI Sports on the NFHS Network Nov. 15 starting at 6:45 p.m.