After two consecutive losses to start the season, the Osage Indians bounced back in a Friday night match against Tri-County rival Southern Boone County for a 45-20 win.
This week, the Indians' offense took to the air, led by quarterback Austin Riley.
After forcing a turnover on downs from Southern Boone to start the game, the Indians marched downfield after a 30 yard pass from Riley to Justin Heiser before Riley found Collin Samuelson open for a 46-yard touchdown reception for a 6-0 lead.
Southern Boone looked to recover on the next series, but a fumble by Southern Boone's quarterback into the end zone gave Osage the ball on their own 20 yard line, which Riley promptly threw to tight end Jake Ulmer, who outran a defender for an 80 yard touchdown.
Southern Boone would counter the score on their next drive, working their way down the field through the run game to score on a 14 yard reverse by #21. The Eagles would force an Osage punt on the next drive, but on the first play of Southern Boone's next series, the quarterback would under throw the ball, which was picked off by Dylan Jeffries and returned to the 14 yard line of Southern Boone.
After Riley found Jeffries for a 7 yard gain, Seth Crooks powered through the line and jumped over a defender to score on a 7 yard scamper, which the Indians capped off with a two point conversion from Riley to Ulmer.
Southern Boone put together a long drive on the next series, but in the end, Ulmer sacked the quarterback for an 18-yard loss, forcing a punt. After completing two passes, the Indians' offense stalled, and was forced to punt, which #21 returned for a touchdown, pulling the Indians' lead to 20-12.
The Indians would recover, though, all starting with a kickoff return from Seth Crooks to the 40 yard line of the Eagles, before a pass to Samuelson put the Indians in the red zone. Riley would find Heiser at the corner of the end zone for a 12 yard touchdown catch for a 26-12 lead.
Collin Samuelson would come up big in the next drive, picking off Southern Boone, but on the very next play, the Eagles would return the favor for back-to-back interceptions, but neither team would break the plane for another score before the end of the half, as the Indians led 26-12.
Osage came out firing on all cylinders in the second half, quickly working their way down field with a 19 yard run from Riley and a 28-yard pass to Jeffries, which they capped off with an 8-yard run from Riley to score.
The Eagles would string together a 13-play series on the next drive, but on the 14th play, the Eagles went for it on 4th and 23, falling just short of the first down.
The Eagles would force a punt, but on the next drive, Samuelson picked off the QB for the second time, returning it for a 32 yard touchdown and with the extra point good, the Indians increased their lead to 39-12.
The Indians would add on another touchdown after a forced fumble recovery in the fourth quarter, with Riley rushing in for his second touchdown on the ground.
Southern Boone would tack on eight more points in the game on a touchdown and a safety, which came on a botched snap, but the Indians would leave the field with their first win of the season, with a final score of 45-20
Of the six touchdowns scored by the Indians in their victory over Southern Boone, Riley was directly involved with five of them, finishing the night with 16-for-29 passes for 304 yards, three touchdowns and an interception, along five carries for forty yards and two touchdowns.
Running back Seth Crooks carried the ball seven times for 34 yards and a touchdown.
The Indians' receivers had a big night, led by strong play from tight end Jake Ulmer and wide out Collin Samuelson. Ulmer had 110 yards on three catches, including an 80 yard touchdown, while Samuelson finished the game with 98 yards receiving and a touchdown on five catches.
The Indians' defense allowed just 20 points in the game, picking off Southern Boone three times and forcing two fumbles. Justin Heiser led the defense with five solo tackles, five assists and a forced fumble.
The Indians' next game is on the road at Versailles, who still looks to pick up their first win of the season.