In a battle between defending state champions, Kearney scored the first 20 points at Fort Osage and cruised to a 35-14 victory Friday night.
Kearney was well on its way to an easy season-opening win when the game went into a weather delay with 2:52 left in the third quarter. Each team scored once after a two-hour delay, but Kearney had taken control before the storms hit.
Kearney, the defending Missouri Class 4 champion, started near midfield in the first possession of the game. The Bulldogs methodically moved down field and scored on a 5-yard run by junior Logan Hachman.
The Bulldogs then showed their dominance on defense, quickly stopping Fort Osage, the defending Missouri Class 5 champion.
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Once again, Kearney did a good job of moving the ball, getting into field goal range with 1:32 left in the first quarter. Senior Hunter Adkison nailed a 19-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead.
Midway through the second quarter, Kearney stunned Fort Osage with a 64-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Anthony Pritzel to senior Jess Davis, making it 17-0.
Trailing 20-0 with less than a minute left in the first half, Fort Osage got back in the game.
The Indians moved inside the 10 with 20 seconds left and then scored on a 7-yard run by junior Isaiah Iloilo with 15 seconds remaining.
Fort Osage failed to sustain its opening drive of the third quarter. Kearney took over at its 22 and marched 78 yards, scoring on 9-yard run by Pritzel with 3:42 left in the quarter. A two-point conversion gave Kearney a 28-7 lead.