Van Horn tops William Chrisman
By Michael Smith The Examiner
Things could’ve easily taken a turn for the worse for the Van Horn football team, even with a 13-point lead.
Standout running back J.J. Rivers, who accounted for 2,178 of Van Horn’s 2,654 total yards this season, hurt his knee early in the second quarter after a 17-yard loss and was noticeably limping on the sideline.
Things looked grim.
But luckily for the Falcons, he had a trio of teammates help pick up the team. Big plays from Sylvester Newman and Stephen Mason accounted for three scores and a turnover, and Rivers’ replacement, Rasean Weathers, stepped in and delivered a workmanlike performance to help boost their team to a 34-20 triumph over crosstown rival William Chrisman at Independence All-School Stadium.
Rivers opened the game with a 6-yard TD on the first drive to give his team an early 7-0 lead. It was on the next drive when he got hurt. He saw a wall of Bear defenders, tried to run backward and ran to the other side of the field before getting taken down for a big loss at the Chrisman 21. Falcons coach Jeff Tolbert had the senior carry the ball two more times in the second half before deciding to sit Rivers for the remainder of the game.
“It wasn’t worth it to me to risk further injury,” Tolbert said.
After a turnover on downs on that drive, the Falcons (7-2) immediately responded when Domonique Winston recovered a Chrisman muffed snap, setting the ball up at the Bear 8. Two plays later, Samila Sua’s plunge from the 1-yard line increased the edge to 13-0.
Bears running back D’Vontae Brown got his team back in it when he broke a big run and ended up on the Falcon 21. That eventually set up his 2-yard score to bring his team within seven.
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