Winnetonka stops Chrisman for first win

By Shawn Garrison The Examiner
Posted: September 2, 2011 - 11:50 PM

John Crutcher might sound a little crazy to some people, but he doesn’t care.

The William Chrisman coach walked off the field Friday night and immediately talked about his team being just a few tweaks away from coming together.

This came following a 38-12 defeat to Winnetonka at Norman James Field in Independence. On the surface, it looked like a drubbing. Dig a little deeper, Crutcher said, and there’s plenty of encouraging signs.

“We opened with two good teams,” Crutcher said of the Bears’ schedule that started with games against Lee’s Summit and the Griffins. “We’re right there. We’ve just got to find a way to finish. Again, we’re playing with a lot of young kids. They’re very talented. Maybe we have to go back and look at how we’re practicing. I think more of it’s (the coaches) than the kids, because I think the want-to and everything else is there.”

For the second consecutive week, the Bears (0-2) fell behind big in the first half. After trailing 7-0 in the first quarter, Dylan Cole completed an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Warner in the corner of the end zone to pull within 7-6. But in the second period, the Griffins went off for 25 points and entered halftime with a 32-12 lead despite surrendering another score via Cole’s second touchdown pass of the half, this one a 20-yard connection to DeMarco Hill.

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