Indians top Warsaw

Tyler Winn forges through the defense on his way to the goal during the Indians’ victory over Warsaw Friday.

Tyler Winn forges through the defense on his way to the goal during the Indians’ victory over Warsaw Friday.

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Osage homecoming queen Kylie Shepherd and her father in full headdress are seen at Friday’s Homecoming event.

Friday was homecoming, senior night, and the final regular season game of the 2012 season and the Osage Indians did it right, winning a shootout-style game against Warsaw by an eye-opening 68-41 and securing a No. 2 seed in the district tournament in the process.

After the loss to Hallsville the previous week, the Indians realized that a change in attitude was necessary if they were to be competitive in post season.

“We need to get better at stopping the other guys on the field,” said Dan Henderson, head coach of the Indians. “We’ve got to be able to protect the ball that means we get more physical out there.”

Message received. Well, sort of.

The Indians hit the field with a new determination that was obvious to fans and players alike – they were out to win this one. There were a couple of new injuries that had changed the lineup at the last minute, just like the previous eight weeks but this time, they were ready. In less than a minute into the game Osage had covered 59 yards in 4plays and scored on a Bo Dean 25-yard touchdown run. Dean then went to work to add the extra point and give Osage a 7-0 lead.

Two minutes later the Osage defense forced and took possession near the center of the field. Two plays later, Bo Dean connected on a 47-yard touchdown pass to Taylor Margetts and Dean added another PAT to extend the lead to 14-0.

By this time, the Warsaw offense had shaken off the road jitters and was able to put together a five-play drive ending in a 35-yard touchdown pass from Jeremy Eierman to Brad Jelinek and the lead was cut in half.

Only halfway through the first quarter, Osage answered again with a long drive ending in a three-yard touchdown run by Dean and his third extra point of the night.

Less than a minute later Warsaw’s senior back Daniel Stantorf ran the ball 35 yards in to score.

A minute and half later Dean ran an Osage touchdown in from 39 yards out but Warsaw‘s Eierman took a 20-yard run into the end zone seconds before the end of the first quarter of play. When the dust settled it was 28-21 with Osage on top.

“We just struggled to get our defense together,” said Henderson. “We just couldn’t get our guys in there to make the big stops and every time we gave them an opening, they took it.”

The second quarter was much like the first, with Bo Dean running in two touchdowns for Osage and Stantorf carrying one for Warsaw.

The big play in the first half came with just 45 seconds left before the half when a Wildcat scoring drive was interrupted by a pick-6 interception by Osage senior David Rossman, who sprinted past the stunned Wildcat offense for the 46-yard score and a 46-28 Indian lead into the half.

After the break, the Wildcats mounted a comeback effort and made two quick trips to the end zone, closing the Osage lead to five points.

Osage regrouped and closed the door on Warsaw in the fourth quarter, putting up 22 unanswered points on runs by Margetts, Dean and Tyler Winn.

Dean accounted for six rushing touchdowns, six extra points, and one conversion run. Taylor Margetts caught two of Dean’s passes and took them in for touchdowns. Tyler Winn scored one David Rossman added a touchdown on the interception return.

The 68 points set a scoring record for the school and at least two MSHSAA records were changed as a result of the game.

Quarterback Bo Dean entered the books tied for third place overall in the Total Points scored in a Half by an Individual category when he added 34 points from his 5 touchdowns and 4 extra- point kicks in the first half. The record book will note that he also had one touchdown pass in the same period.

The Current MSHSAA record for most touchdowns in a game has him in a tie for third place with the six touchdowns from this match. It will also make note of the two passing touchdowns that he served to Margetts.

Defensively, the Indians struggled but never gave up. They were led by senior Jett Nichols and Tyler Winn with 12 tackles each. Brian Urwiler was close behind with seven solos and four assists. Rossman tallied up five solos and two assists and that great big interception and return for touchdown. Bo Dean added seven tackles of his own on the defensive side as well.

Osage (5-4) as the No. 2 seed will host No. 7 seed Versailles (2-7) at 7 p.m., Thursday for the Class 3 District Tournament opening game. Osage defeated Versailles earlier in the season by a score of 47-24. The winner of this match will go on to face the winner of the Salem-Logan Rogersville game. If Osage wins this Thursday, they will host the game on Halloween.

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