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PHOTO GALLERY: Battle High School loses state semifinal to Fort Osage

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PHOTO GALLERY: Battle High School loses state semifinal to Fort Osage

Battle High School finished it football season at the state semifinals game versus Fort Osage on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Independence, Mo. The Spartans lost the game 46-30 to the Indians.

Above: From left, Battle High School's Ethan Wiedmier, Keesean Payne and DaleShawn Coleman sit in the locker room at halftime at the game against Fort Osage on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Independence. This is the fourth time the Spartans made it to state semifinals in five years.

Fort Osage's Trystan Floyd tackles Battle's Tavion Miller

Fort Osage's Trystan Floyd tackles Battle's Tavion Miller in the state semifinal on Saturday, November 24, 2018, at Fort Osage High School in Independence.

Daniel Hendren, Trevonne Hicks, Landon Mahoney and Jake Hedrick wait for instructions from their defense coach

Left to right, Daniel Hendren, Trevonne Hicks, Landon Mahoney and Jake Hedrick wait for instructions from their defense coach during the first half of Battle’s state semifinal game against Fort Osage in Independence on Saturday, November 24, 2018. The Spartans lost 46-30.

Battle's defensive players Isaak Smith, Lorenzo Borsari, Chase Anderson, and Tommy Atherton, gather in the locker room at halftime

From left, Battle's defensive players Isaak Smith, Lorenzo Borsari, Chase Anderson, and Tommy Atherton gather in the locker room at halftime of their state semifinal game to listen to their coach's advice on Saturday, November 24, 2018, at Fort Osage High School in Independence. The Spartans allowed 25 points in the first half, and ultimately lost 46-30.

Battle linebacker Elias Edwards shows his emotions at halftime

Battle High School linebacker Elias Edwards shows his emotions at halftime on Saturday, November 24, 2018, at Fort Osage High School in Independence. The Spartans faced a 10-point deficit after two quarters, and lost 46-30 in the state semi-final game.

Fort Osage's kicker Jacob Lammering scores an extra point for his team

Fort Osage kicker Jacob Lammering scores an extra point for his team on Saturday, November 24, 2018, at Fort Osage High School in Independence. Fort Osage led throughout the game.

Battle High School's running back Darren Jordan avoids Fort Osage's Gavyn Monday

Battle High School running back Darren Jordan avoids Fort Osage's Gavyn Monday to score a touchdown on Saturday, November 24, 2018, at Fort Osage High School in Independence. Jordan, a junior, ran for 182 yards and scored two touchdowns, averaging 7 yards per carry.

Battle High School's running back Darren Jordan comes together with his team

Battle High School running back Darren Jordan comes together with his team for a final chant to end the season on Saturday, November 24, 2018, at Fort Osage High School in Independence. The Spartans' state final hopes ended in a 46-30 semifinal loss to Fort Osage.

Battle High School's defensive back Jaylon Williamson is comforted by his mother Tonia Mosier

Battle High School defensive back Jaylon Williamson is comforted by his mother Tonia Mosier after losing the state semifinal game on Saturday, November 24, 2018, at Fort Osage High School in Independence. The Spartans played in their fourth state semifinal in five seasons.

Photos curated by Phu Nguyen.

  • Antranik Tavitian is a first-year photojournalism graduate student at the University of Missouri. He is a first-gen Armenian-American born in Los Angeles. His work focuses on the intersection of social issues, ethnicity, and identity.

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