Raytown stops Chrisman, loses tiebreaker
By Shawn Garrison The Examiner
Independence, MO — A surreal scene developed seconds after the conclusion of Thursday’s Class 5 District 10 contest between Suburban Middle Seven Conference foes Raytown and William Chrisman.
Despite the final score, players on both teams ended up sauntering off the field at Independence All-School Stadium in a disappointed silence with tears welling up in their eyes.
Raytown rolled to a 44-25 victory, finalizing a winless season for the Bears (0-10, 0-6). But news quickly spread that Truman upended Raytown South, capturing the district title and thus crushing the Jays’ playoff chances.
Raytown (5-5, 3-3), Truman and Raytown South all finished with 2-1 district records. The point-differential tiebreaker is used to determine the district champ, which went to Truman. How the teams fared head-to-head is used to tab the second playoff squad, which went to the Cardinals since they edged Raytown 14-7 the first week of districts.
The news was especially sobering for Raytown coach Kevin Page because it marked the final game for the first group of seniors to play all four years for the fourth-year coach.
“I’m just so proud of where they’ve come and where they’ve brought our program,” Page said. “From two wins my first year to the first time Raytown’s been at .500 in 23 years. We had our ups and downs. We still have our struggles. But man, our kids are buying in. They’re playing hard. It just would have been nice to have gotten into the postseason.”
While Page harped on his program’s growth, Chrisman coach John Crutcher talked about building a foundation. And even as the Bears’ season spiraled, Crutcher still noted sporadic signs of progress.
That was again the case Thursday, as the Jays cruised to a 30-6 halftime lead and led 37-6 entering the fourth quarter. The Bears tallied three fourth-quarter touchdowns on a 34-yard run from Shaquille Pryor, a 7-yard connection between Pryor and Alex Ball and a 1-yard plunge from Jay Todd.
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