Raytown beats Chrisman to stay alive

By Michael Smith The Examiner
Posted: October 24, 2014 - 11:36 PM

It’s tough for any young football team to win under the pressure of the playoffs. When it commits several turnovers and penalties, it makes it even tougher.
That’s what happened to William Chrisman in the first round of the Class 5 District 7 tournament. The Bears turned the ball over six times and were penalized 15 times for 140 yards in a 35-8 loss to Raytown, Bears ending their season at 1-9.
Chrisman started the game by driving to the Blue Jay 15-yard line before a pair of negative runs and an incomplete pass led to Kyle Sylvester’s missed 39-yard field goal.
From that point, everything went south for the Bears.
Chrisman fumbled out of the wildcat formation, which was the first time they had run it all year. Raytown took advantage with a 26-yard field goal from Aaron Spradley to put it up 3-0 with 36 seconds left in the first quarter.
"We were just trying something new there," Bears coach Scorpio Horn said of the wildcat. "You know, trying to find an identity. We’re going to try some more new things next year."
Quarterback Mike Baxter hooked up with Cortez Hall on a 32-yard touchdown pass to make it 10-0 1:35 seconds into the second stanza. Chrisman signal caller Gannon Ogle got picked off on the subsequent drive by John Murray and a face mask put Raytown at the Chrisman 13, but an interception from the Bears prevented any damage.
The Bears weren’t as fortunate the next time around, as Raytown’s Javohn Carr recovered a blocked punt, putting the ball at the Bear 12. Two plays into the possession, the Blue Jays’ other quarterback, Joe Straws scored from 6 yards out on a read option to increase the edge to 17-0 with 3:39 left in the half.
"Those turnovers were huge," Raytown coach Kevin Page said. "Forcing turnovers is something we constantly preach and something we thrive on. That blocked punt and the turnovers were a rallying cry for our team."