Chrisman beats Truman for first win
By Shawn Roney The Examiner
Area temperatures were in the 30s when William Chrisman football coach John Crutcher received his post-victory drenching after Friday night’s 19-13 victory over Truman, but he didn’t mind.
“I don’t feel it (cold water) at all,” Crutcher said. “I’m just excited for our kids. They fought their tails off all night. They battled through some adversity.”
Two turnovers and two clutch catches during the final two minutes helped the Bears (1-7) secure the Wagon Wheel Trophy victory at Independence All-School Stadium/Norm James Field. With the Patriots leading 13-12, the Bears recovered a fumble with 1:36 remaining to set up their go-ahead scoring drive.
Facing fourth-and-10 from the Truman 43-yard line, quarterback Gannon Ogle connected with Michael Johnson for a 33-yard gain. That pass play set up Ogle’s 5-yard TD pass to his younger brother, Grady, with 35.4 seconds left.
“I didn’t think of anything (on that play), I’ll be honest,” the younger Ogle said. “I caught the football. I was so excited.”
According to Crutcher, the catch was a promised fulfilled.
“We’ve been working that play for three weeks and saving it (and) saving it,” he said. “We told Grady that he was going to score on ... that play – and he did. He stepped (up) to the occasion, caught the ball and scored.”
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