Raytown blows past William Chrisman
By Mike Genet The Examiner
William Chrisman coach Scorpio Horn refuses to use his football team’s youth as a crutch for its struggles through the first two games.
However, he also knows he can’t ignore the reality of that youth leading to some frustrating mistakes at times.
The visiting Bears netted their first points of the season, though they came after Raytown had rung up all its points and put in the reserves for what became a 47-6 Suburban Middle Seven win at Ted Chittwood Stadium.
With a lightning delay that included a brief downpour, Friday’s game essentially had an 80-minute halftime.
“We’re building, and it’s a slow process, but it’s hard to build a building without a ladder,” said Horn, whose team started the preseason with just five seniors and has added a few since. “My players are playing their butts off; they’re doing everything we ask them to do.
“We made mistakes, but I’m not going to use youth as an excuse, and Raytown’s a very good team.”
And Josh Drake in particular is a very good running back. The shifty senior scooted and powered his way to 291 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 18 carries.
His first score came at the 7:20 mark of the first quarter, but it gave the Blue Jays (1-1) a 14-0 lead. Three plays earlier Chrisman (0-2) had muffed away the kickoff following Montel Jones’ 9-yard jet sweep touchdown that capped a short 40-yard drive.
Chrisman then drove to the Raytown 29, its deepest penetration before the fourth-quarter touchdown, before punting away, and Drake promptly ripped off an 83-yard touchdown run.
Roosevelt Collins and the rest of the Bears defense made a goal line stand in the second quarter. But the ensuing punt got blocked, setting up Raytown for another short drive, this one capped by Mike Baxter’s 8-yard pass to twin brother Matt with 1:14 left in the half.
Drake added a 50-yard touchdown on the first snap of the second half, Mike Baxter added a 4-yard scoring toss to Dionte Smith later in the third, and Dillon Gercone’s 11-yard run in the fourth capped Raytown’s scoring.
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