Truman holds off rival William Chrisman
By Michael Smith The Examiner
William Chrisman was just inches shy of pulling off a huge upset.
After D’Vontae Brown pulled the Bears within one point of Truman on a 1-yard touchdown run with 38 seconds left, Chrisman coach Scorpio Horn elected to go for the two-point conversion and the win.
Quarterback James Bailey took a shotgun snap and ran to his left. As he was approaching the goal line, the Patriot hero Jordan Salima was there to stop him just inches shy of the goal line and effectively give Truman the Wagon Wheel Trophy and a 28-27 win Friday in the battle of Noland Road rivals at Independence All-School Stadium.
“They played way harder than what we saw on film,” said Truman coach Gregg Webb, whose program reached seven wins for the first time since 1997. “It’s just a testament how much this game meant to these kids and to this town and Coach Horn getting them ready.
“At the beginning of the game, I thought we’d win the game pretty easily. Now, I am tickled to death that we won at all.”
The Patriot student section and cheerleaders mobbed the team as Salima held the hardware up high. Many of the players were relieved after a close victory against Chrisman.
“It was a Truman-Chrisman game, how could you not go for it?” said Truman quarterback Dean Clemons, who had 146 yards rushing on 19 carries and also threw for 45 yards.
Added Salima: “I was ready for it personally. This is a rivalry game. I knew when we stopped them that was game.”
Webb wasn’t expecting the Bears to make such a gutsy call.
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