A look back at the first half of the season for the Indians

OFFENSIVE LEADERS

Passing

1. Senior quarterback Dalton Depeé- 30-73 for 362 yards, three touchdowns and five interceptions

Receiving

1. Senior tight end Garrett Sutherland- eight receptions for 148 yards and two touchdowns

2. Junior wide receiver Logan Havner- eight receptions for 86 yards

3. Junior running back Matt Hans- six receptions for 45 yards and one touchdown

Rushing

1. Senior quarterback Dalton Depeé- 59 carries for 368 yards (6.2 yards per carry) and three touchdowns

2. Junior running back Jack Dulle- 49 carries for 176 yards (3.6 yards per carry)

3. Junior running back Matt Hans- 33 carries for 116 yards (3.5 yards per carry) and one touchdown

To Note: Senior running back Hunter Neiman has rushed for 114 yards and junior tight end Drew Edwards has two rushing touchdowns

DEFENSIVE LEADERS

Tackles

1. Senior defensive back Dalton Depeé- 57 total tackles and two tackles for a loss

2. Junior linebacker James Hutchcraft- 54 total tackles and one tackle for a loss

3. Junior linebacker Drew Edwards- 46 total tackles, one tackle for a loss and three sacks

To Note: Senior linebacker Jacob Smith has three tackles for a loss and two sacks, senior defensive lineman Mason Etter has three tackles for a loss and one sack, senior linebacker Garrett Sutherland has three tackles for a loss, junior defensive lineman Rudy Escobar has two tackle for a loss and both junior defensive lineman Matt McCubbin and sophomore defensive lineman Ozuye Johnson have one tackle for a loss

Fumbles

Etter has forced three fumbles, Depeé has forced two and Edwards has forced one for a total of six. Sutherland has recovered two fumbles, and Depeé, Escobar and sophomore defensive lineman Jace Hills have all recovered one for a total of five.

Interceptions

Depeé, Smith and Etter all have one interception for a total of three.

1ST HALF MEMORABLE MOMENT

School of the Osage opened up its season at home against a Fulton team it has shared close battles with in the past that have come down to the final few minutes. That would not be the case in 2018 as the Indians left little doubt in the home opener with a 42-27 win against the Hornets. The Indians could not have asked for a much better start as Fulton fumbled on its second play and Osage scored on its second offensive play with a 40-yard touchdown pass from Depeé to Hans. The Indians went on to score on three of their first four drives to open an early 18-0 lead and did not look back. Depeé completed four of his seven passes for 60 yards and a touchdown while also leading the rushing attack for 119 yards and a score. Dulle added 73 rushing yards for a team that finished with 317 on the night and Edwards and sophomore running back Kenan Webb also found the end zone. The defense stood tall with nine tackles for a loss, including a sack, and benefited from four Fulton turnovers to get the season started on the right foot.

1ST HALF STAR PERFORMER

Depeé has flown all around the field in his final year as an Indian. After being one of the team’s key receivers in 2017, it has been a transition for the first-year signal caller under center. However, his 362 passing yards (72.4 passing yards per game) and 368 rushing yards (6.2 rushing yards per carry) as the team’s leading rusher with 730 all-purpose yards and six total touchdowns show he has the ability to lead a balanced offensive attack and move the chains if everyone is on the same page. The senior also happens to be the team’s leading tackler as a defensive back, averaging 11.4 per contest, so he has no issue with flying to the football either. Depeé also has a knack for forcing turnovers with three to his name. As the season progresses, his efforts on both sides of the ball can play a key factor in the team’s success as they seek a strong second half finish. If everything starts clicking, Depeé can become even more dangerous as a continued point of concern for opposing scouting reports.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

It has not been the most ideal start for Osage compared to prior seasons, but the Indians are more than capable of getting back on track. As long as the offensive line up front remains solid, there are multiple weapons in this offense that have yet to fully be unleashed. One of the biggest problems for Osage has been the turnover margin as the team has currently given up five more than they have forced so that will have to be cleaned up. With a defense that has accumulated 17 tackles for a loss, including six sacks, this team has the personnel to be disruptive if it can prevent big plays. The remaining regular season schedule will not be easy with a combined record of 15-5, but it will provide a good test to show what the team is made of.