Staley cruises past William Chrisman
By Tyler Brown The Examiner
An up-and-coming William Chrisman team showed it is not quite ready to play competitive football against the elite teams in the state Friday night.
The Bears (1-2) and their first half stalled out offense came up short by a wide margin against Staley (3-0), losing 40-14. William Chrisman did not get its initial first down until a 13 yard scramble by junior quarterback James Bailey Jr. at the final buzzer of the first half. The Bears finished the first half with 38 offensive yards.
“Everybody knows how good Staley is,” Chrisman coach Scorpio Horn said. “You got to play perfect football against a really good football team … When you're playing the champ, you got to come with your best.”
The main force behind the Falcons offense was senior running back Faizol Bouchard. He tallied 106 yards in the first half, which help put Staley in a comfortable 34-0 lead going into the break. Staley head coach and father of Faizol Bouchard, Fred Bouchard elected to keep his star running back in the game to begin the second half and he ended up with an apparent knee injury after three quick carries for 28 yards. Faizol Bouchard did not re-enter the game.
Falcons senior quarterback Michael Kilpatrick also put together one of his most complete performances of the season, only having three passes fall incomplete. Kilpatrick completed 16 passes for 184 yards and four touchdowns. Senior tight end Connor McCullough was his leading pass catcher as he finished with 45 yards and a touchdown.
“I do think that was my best game,” Kilpatrick said. “I just felt confident tonight with my reads. A couple of those got away from me but I fixed it.”
The Bears however did not go down without a fight. After punting on their six of seven drives in the first half as well as their only drive in the third quarter, the Bears put up two long scoring drives in the fourth quarter.
“You know what I was most impressed with? The fourth quarter,” Horn said. “I'm glad our program didn't quit. They wanted to find a way to put points on the board.”
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