Osage's first and second units logged a total of 11 tackles for loss. Offensively, Osage scored touchdowns abound on the ground. Five different players carried for touchdowns.
Between the war whoops in the huddle and on the sideline, Osage's football defense hit like it was glad to face opposition other than its own team's offense. The Osage defenders did not allow a touchdown in a combined 36 plays against Strafford and the Missouri Military Academy.
"We've got a lot of guys that can run to the football. We're not great tacklers right now but I feel like we get there with a little bit of attitude. It's something we need to build on and continue to get better," Indians Head Coach Dan Henderson said after Saturday's midday jamboree.
Osage's first and second units logged a total of 11 tackles for loss. Senior Sam Golden and junior Jared Edwards had one sack each while seniors Chayse Brown and T.J. Smith shared a sack against the Colonels of MMA. Golden also notched tackles for loss against Strafford and MMA.
Though the opposition's blocking was suspect, Henderson was happy with the way his players attacked from the 3-5 and committed only one defensive penalty.
"It was somebody besides ourself that we got to play today. It was with officials. I thought we played pretty clean today," Henderson said. "We played at the speed we wanted to play at."
Offensively, Osage scored touchdowns abound on the ground. Five different players carried for touchdowns. Sophomore running back Donald Hudlemeyer rushed for a 14-yard touchdown against MMA on his first carry of the day. His second carry went for two yards, and his third was a brilliant 40-yard touchdown run against Strafford.
Dylan McNerney, Zack Purnell, Jacob Wermuth, and Tyler Winn all carried the ball to the house. Winn also scored Osage's two receiving touchdowns when reserves took over toward the end of the scrimmages.
Other than three dropped passes that lowered quarterback McNerney's completion percentage, Henderson walked away happy with what his offense showed.
"We're pretty comfortable with our backs, with our skill kids. We didn't catch the ball early in that first session, but we did and saw the things we wanted to see and we're pretty pleased," Henderson said.
Osage opens the season Friday night in Fulton for a tilt with the Hornets.
Osage offensive stats:
Passing: Dylan McNerney 1-4 13, Donald Hudlemeyer 2-2 13 TD
Rushing: Donald Hudlemeyer 4-64 2TD, Jacob Wermuth 3-47 TD, Zack Purnell 3-39 TD, Tyler Winn 3-39 TD, Christian Williams 2-18, Dylan McNerney 5-7 TD
Receiving: Tyler Winn 2-40 2TD, Luke Thompson 1-13, Adam Hill 1-3