Chrisman tops Truman to win Wagon Wheel

By Shawn Garrison The Examiner
Posted: October 12, 2012 - 11:42 PM

On Wednesday, William Chrisman football coach John Crutcher talked about his desire to conjure up some pride within his program and school. Something that’s been desperately lacking in recent seasons.

Two days later, seconds after being drenched in Gatorade, Crutcher looked around and saw his vision inch closer to becoming reality.

The Bears garnered their second win of the season on Friday night with a dramatic and emotional 27-25 victory over Truman at Independence All-School Stadium to recapture the Wagon Wheel Trophy and even the rivalry series record at 24.

Moments after Truman sophomore quarterback Alex Ryan’s two-point conversion pass to senior Alex Davis fell incomplete in the corner of the end zone, ending the Patriots’ final threat, a crazed Chrisman student section swarmed the field and engulfed the players. Over and over they chanted, “We believe that we have won!”

“I can see it coming,” Crutcher said of his program’s continued progress after going winless in 2011. “We’ve just got to continue. It’s going to take a little time to keep doing this. I can see it happening.

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