Chrisman blanks Ruskin before delay

By Michael Smith The Examiner
Posted: August 26, 2016 - 11:37 PM

William Chrisman football coach Scorpio Horn saw his quarterback do something that he hasn’t seen very often from his senior captain.

What happened made Horn the biggest cheerleader on the field.

“Wooo! Atta boy, No. 2!” Horn shouted after James Bailey picked up a first down on a 10-yard run and absolutely trucked Cleburn Greene before he fell forward for another 3 yards.

That’s just the kind of dynamic that the do-it-all signal caller has. His speed, elusiveness and power were all on display in a Suburban Middle Six game against Ruskin in which he rushed for 160 yards on 14 carries and scored three times.

And he’s not done yet.

The Bears led the Eagles 28-0 before the same was suspended due to heavy rain and lightning Friday at Independence All-School Stadium. The game will resume at 11 a.m. Saturday with 3:42 left in the third quarter and Chrisman with the ball.

“He’s half man, half amazing,” Horn said of Bailey. “We’ve been telling him it’s there (the power). Tonight he believed, had an opportunity and put it to a guy. If I had to scout him, I would hate my life.”

On Chrisman’s first score, Bailey showed some of his power when he broke about four tackles on a run up the gut that resulted in a 12-yard touchdown run to make it 6-0 late in the first. At the 9:32 mark in the third, he showed his speed when he found a small hole on the left side, squeezed through it and turned on the jets and easily outran the Ruskin defense for a 51-yard touchdown. Jordon Woods ran it in for the two-point conversion to make it 14-0.

“I just feel like my line just need to block three seconds for me, then I can make something happen from there,” Bailey said.

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