Special teams. Offense. Defense.
The William Chrisman football team struggled at every facet of the game in a 56-14 loss against Suburban Middle Six rival Staley Friday.
Staley started seven of its first eight drives inside its own 44 and five of them in Chrisman territory.
“Field position killed us all night,” Chrisman coach Matthew Perry said. “They did a great job with field position. Our punting was atrocious even though we work on it every day. There is not a lot you can say after a game like this other than we got to get better.”
Things started off on the wrong foot for the Bears when they ran a halfback option pass on the opening play from scrimmage. It resulted in an interception as Uriah Aleshire’s throw was picked off by Landon Donaldson and returned to the Chrisman 34.
Although, Staley didn’t capitalize on the short field that time, it didn’t falter on the next go around. The Falcons took over at the 10-yard line after Kelvyn Mason run on a fake punt failed and resulted in a turnover on downs.
Jaden Moss scored on a 1-yard plunge to give the Falcons (5-0) a 7-0 lead. Chrisman got right back in it on the ensuing drive when Dawson Herl his Tre’Vaughn Sisco on a slant route, he juked a defender then took it 79 yards for the score to tie it.
From there, it was all Staley as it scored 56 unanswered points.
The Falcons started their next six drives from the Bears’ 18, 25 and 31 and their own 45 and 44, resulting from shanked punts and a fumble by Chrisman. All five of those possessions resulted in touchdowns for Staley (Jaden Moss TD runs of 4 and 7 yards, a 7-yard TD pass from John Raybourn to JD Benbow, a 31-yard scoring pass from Raybourn to Rod Criss and a 9-yard TD jaunt from Benbow).
“We saw some things on film where we could put pressure on them,” Staley coach Phil Light said. “We forced them to get rid of (punts) early and he had some shanks. We just rushed him and he hit them wrong.”
Staley capped off its big first half with a Joseph Cantrell 44-yard interception return for a touchdown to extend the lead to 56-7 at halftime, ensuring a running clock for the second half.
Herl added a 51-yard touchdown run with 3:43 left in the fourth. Sisco finished with two receptions for 105 yards and a score. Chrisman totaled just 190 yards of offense, some of which came late in the game when it was already out of reach.
“Defensively, we didn’t have our best effort,” Perry said. “Our linebackers didn’t play very well. Our D-line, which is our strength, didn’t play very well. We were missing some key cogs because of players not being smart last week. I am not going to make excuses but we need to be better.”