Staley dominates William Chrisman
By Mike Genet The Examiner
Scorpio Horn can accept seeing baby steps from the young William Chrisman football team, as long as the Bears keep taking them forward.
“That’s what we’ve got to take,” the Bears coach said Friday after his team’s 37-8 loss to Staley at Independence All-School Stadium. “When you’ve got babies, you can’t ask them to be men. Step-by-step, that’s all we can ask for. We’re getting better.”
The Bears (0-3, 0-2 Suburban Middle Seven) managed just 113 net offensive yards, but yielded a respectable 287 to perennial Class 5 power Staley (2-1, 1-0). Three separate punt plays loomed large against the Bears, though.
After stopping Staley’s opening drive on downs, Chrisman had to punt from its 23, and the snap sailed over Gannon Ogle and bounced through the end zone for a safety. After Conrad McMahon returned the free kick to the Chrisman 38, Staley scored with an eight-play drive capped by Beau Baker’s 1-yard sneak.
Michael Kilpatrick’s 12-yard touchdown pass to Ali Harb made it 16-0 two plays into the second quarter, and on Chrisman’s fourth official punt (an earlier kickaway was negated by a roughing the kicker penalty), McMahon returned 66 yards for a touchdown at the 8:17 mark.
“I was pretty pleased with our special teams play, and we had pretty good run defense,” Staley coach Fred Bouchard said. “Those were the two areas I was most pleased with.”
Staley carried the 23-0 lead into halftime when Chrisman’s last-ditch drive attempt stalled at the 22. After punting away a 12-play possession, the Bears regained the ball when Hunter Soule and Emori Thomas combined for a fourth-down sack in the final minute.
The third crucial punt play came on Chrisman’s first possession of the third quarter. Ogle’s kick bounced and got downed for what would’ve been a 50-yard punt, but a personal foul facemask penalty forced a rekick that traveled just 24 yards.
Instead of starting at its own 21, Staley set up shop at Chrisman’s 38, and McMahon scored three plays later with a 20-yard jaunt. The Falcons' final score came with 52 seconds left in the quarter, when Baker lofted a 9-yard pass to Harb.
Chrisman avoided the shutout when Chris Anderson jumped a pass route, ripped the ball away from the receiver for an interception and returned 51 yards to the 15, setting up D’Vontae Brown (22 carries, 48 yards) for a power touchdown run on the next play. Ogle threw to Michael Johnson for the two-point conversion to make it 30-8. In the fourth quarter a Chrisman drive went to the Staley 26 before fizzling out.
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