Chrisman beats Tonka for first-ever playoff win
By Michael Smith The Examiner
William Chrisman football coach Scorpio Horn really didn’t want to get wet, and it wasn’t rain he was afraid of.
“Oh (heck) no!” Horn yelled as he saw out of the corner of his eye that senior D’Vontae Brown was picking up the water cooler as he ran from the 50 to the 20-yard line, trying to get away from his running back.
Eventually, his team got him. As he ran out on the field and was chased down by linebacker Michael Johnson and was bear-hugged in place for the team to dump the ice-cold water on its coach.
“I couldn’t get away from Mike Johnson,” Horn said with a wide smile. “He wrapped me up pretty good so I couldn’t get out of it. I’m tired. No sir (he didn’t want to get wet).”
The only complaint Horn had after the game was that he was freezing. But even while cold, Horn and the rest of the Bears were elated when they found out their 48-13 win over Winnetonka in the Class 5 District 7 game Friday at Independence All-School Stadium was the program’s first-ever playoff victory.
“Our kids are great,” Horn said. “These kids put in so much work. They are a good group of kids in the classroom, the hallways and with their peers. They deserve it.”
After time expired, the Bears (4-6) were on a mission to soak their coach and Johnson wanted it more than anything.
“He was hard to catch,” he said. “That was the fastest I’ve ever seen him run. I was trying to hold him down until the water came and when it did, I got out of the way.”
So did Brown.
“I wanted it bad,” Brown said. “This is something that Chrisman has never done and him coaching us and being a part of it, it was his turn to get soaked.”
Brown is a huge reason for the team’s resurgence as he ran for 163 yards on 15 carries. After fumbling away a ball on Chrisman’s opening drive, he more than made up for it when he found a huge hole up the middle on the next possession, got past the Griffin secondary and outran their defense for a 96-yard touchdown run to make it 7-0.
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