The William Chrisman speed-blessed pistol offense was in top form.

The William Chrisman speed-blessed pistol offense was in top form.

The result was an impressive 40-21 homecoming and Suburban Middle Seven victory over Belton Friday night at Independence All-School Stadium/Norm James Field.

Freshman quarterback Dylan Cole completed 8 of 13 passes for 121 yards and three touchdowns, DiMarco Hill rushed 81 yards on seven carries and scored two touchdowns and Scott Cates had 67 yards rushing on 15 attempts and caught three passes for 52 yards and two scores.

Their contributions were more than enough to offset another big game by Belton’s Delon Lewis. He had 26 carries for 167 yards and two touchdowns.

“This is the best we have played,” Hill said. “I love the pistol offense. A 3-2 start at the halfway point is very good.”

The Bears (3-2, 2-1) never looked back after breaking to a 13-0 opening quarter lead on Hill’s 60-yard run and Cole’s 71-yard scoring strike to Cates. In the open field they were uncatchable.

“I was nervous until after the first drive,” said Cole, who replaced Nate Richardson at quarterback. Richardson, in turn, replaced the injured Justin Hudson at wide receiver.

The high-powered Chrisman offense never missed a beat, scoring on six of its first seven possessions.

“My dad has taught me football since I was 4,” said Cole, whose displayed surprising poise for a freshman. “It has been my life  ever since.”

Chrisman went on to post a 27-7 halftime lead.

Lewis’ 40-yard burst and the first of three Randy Tyler extra points brought Belton (1-4, 0-4) to within 13-7 early in second quarter.

But the Bears responded on Cole’s 23-yard scoring pass to Cates and Hill’s 2-yard run. Cole passed to McKay Paialii for a two-point conversion.

Lewis posted his second touchdown on a 2-yard run as Belton drove 65 yards with the second-half kickoff.

But Devin Patrick, less than three minutes later, smashed over from the 5 for a 33-14 Chrisman lead.

Then in the fourth quarter, Cole hooked up with Paialii for a 2-yard touchdown throw. Robert Wilson added the final Belton score on a 38-yard run with 5:13 remaining.

Fifteen penalties for 118 yards were all that marred an impressive Chrisman performance. The defense also had its moments, especially stopping the second Belton drive at the Chrisman 7-yard line. The Pirates’ Darrione Rogers had a 51-yard run in the drive.

First-year Chrisman coach John Crutcher is pleased with the 3-2 start as his team heads into a matchup with winless Nevada next Friday night.

“I can’t say enough about the kids,” he said. “They are always trying to get better. And there’s no substitute for speed.”