Liberty North powers past William Chrisman
By Tyler Brown The Examiner
After some competitive losses against tough teams through the first six games of the season, William Chrisman suffered a brutal setback Friday night.
Liberty North (5-2) took it to the Bears at William Jewell College on its homecoming game, outgaining William Chrisman (2-5) by 123 yards and winning 48-13. Even those numbers could be deceiving as Liberty North had its sophomore backup quarterback, Taylor Bayton in before the four-minute mark in the second quarter. The Bears also had 75 percent of its yards in the second half.
“They were well coached, fundamentally sound,” Chrisman coach Scorpio Horn said. “They did something that I've never had happen my whole time coaching. My hats off to Liberty North.”
Horn had a feeling the tempo for the game would be set from the onset, for better or worse for the Bears. It turned out to be the worst possible scenario for Chrisman as Liberty North junior running back Jon Redmond scored on a 95-yard kickoff return just 12 seconds into the game.
“I told our kids it was going to be decided in the first five minutes and from the kickoff it was decided,” Horn said. “I don't think they are better competition than what we faced in Fort Osage, Staley or Platte County, but they came out super ready to go.”
Six Chrisman punts, one interception and five more Eagles touchdowns later, the Bears found themselves down 41-0 at halftime. At one point in the first half Liberty North had five different ball carriers rush the ball, and all had a touchdown. Redmond did not stop after his kick return as he had a pair of touchdown rushes, one for 40 and one for 60.
“They put a lineman on almost on every single one of our offensive linemen, so we tried to overpower them and it ended up working at the end of the night,” Redmond said.
Special teams again proved to be the Bears’ downfall. In addition to the kickoff, a muffed punt led to a Liberty North touchdown.
“They returned a ball like they wanted to all night,” Horn said. “They had great field position. I think they had one or two long drives but it was short football other than that, and they capitalized every time.”
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