Grandview tops Chrisman

By Karl Zinke Examiner Managing Editor
Posted: September 6, 2013 - 11:46 PM

Devante Wilkerson was lying on the ground in agony in the third quarter, his teammates urging him to get up from the sideline.

It was understandable. With him on the field, William Chrisman was leading Grandview 14-7. But injuries midway through the second quarter and early in the third opened the door for a 48-27 Grandview victory Friday night at Independence All-School Stadium.

Devante’s twin brother Dalvin nearly picked up the slack for him, but it was too late to salvage a victory. The brothers combined for 322 yards rushing and three Chrisman touchdowns on only 15 carries – a 21.5-yard-per-carry average.

“We talk all the time about how he and I need and want to make a difference for this team,” said Dalvin, who totaled 152 yards and one TD on nine carries after his brother posted 170 and two scores on just six carries.

They made a big difference for the 0-2 Bears, but penalties, injuries and Grandview’s big plays only added up to a loss.

“If we eliminate the mistakes, tackle better, don’t jump offsides, we are in this game,” Chrisman head coach John Crutcher said. “We keep putting ourselves in bad situations offensively, and we’re not the kind of team that’s going to convert third-and-22’s very often. “ … But our kids keep playing no matter what. They’re fighters.”

The Bears got off to a promising start. Devante Wilkerson took advantage of a big hole, darted outside and ran for a 71-yard touchdown on just Chrisman’s second play.