Oak Park holds off William Chrisman

By Michael Smith The Examiner
Posted: September 12, 2014 - 11:36 PM

William Chrisman football coach Scorpio Horn was quick to admit he isn’t one for moral victories. That doesn’t mean he wasn’t pleased with his team’s effort, though.
Following three games in which they lost by a combined 111 points, the Bears were in a position they hadn't been all year – within shouting distance of a win.
Chrisman recovered a fumble with 5:37 left in the game down 41-32 to Oak Park. After a first down, the Bears couldn’t move the ball another yard as Gannon Ogle's fourth-down pass feel incomplete. The Northmen then took over and put the game away with a 42-yard drive capped by 28-yard touchdown from Brysen Stigger, his fourth of the day, which resulted in a 47-32 win for the visitors Friday at Independence All-School Stadium.
“I’m excited as a coach,” Horn said. “I don’t believe in moral victories, but my guys are playing hard and doing everything we ask them to do. They’re fighting. They are a young group of kids, and they are going to come back and get stronger and stronger every week.”
One of the many things Horn could hang his hat on was the running game. D’Vonte Brown rushed for 188 yards on 16 carries and scored twice, while James Bailey, a transfer playing his first game of the season, gained 166 yards on 10 totes and hit paydirt once. In total, the Bears gained 530 yards, just nine yards shy of what they had in the first three games combined.
“I loved it,” Horn said. “My backs are good. Brown plays everywhere. He had to be our kicker tonight. He goes from being a kicker, to being a defensive end to being a running back and a nose guard. Having Bailey back is also a tremendous help.”
Brown agrees. He gave credit to his line and said the return of Bailey will give the Bears offense an extra punch it didn’t have before.
“I did a good job, but I can’t take all the credit,” Brown said. “Our line did a great job of blocking. James did a good job running the ball, too. Bailey is a really good asset to the team. It’s a lot easier when you don’t have to be in there play after play. We can switch back and forth.”
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