Corbin Berkstresser passed for five touchdowns and ran for another as Lee’s Summit opened what could be a big season with a 57-23 victory over William Chrisman at Independence All-School Stadium Friday night.
Corbin Berkstresser showed he’s the real deal.
The University of Missouri recruit passed for five touchdowns and ran for another as Lee’s Summit opened what could be a big season with a 57-23 victory over William Chrisman at Independence All-School Stadium Friday night.
Berkstresser completed 12 of 15 passes for 321 yards and ran 14 times for 109 more yards and one TD.
“It starts with the offensive line,” he said of his stellar performance. “It’s a team game. “
Chrisman, which was opening with a new coach in John Crutcher, had its standouts. Scott Cates rushed 10 times for 110 yards and one TD and Nate Richardson completed 18 of 33 passes for two scores.
“I ran hard and tried to make things happen,“ Cates said.
The Bears battled to the end. But it was it was the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Berkstresser who stole the show. Often, it took several Chrisman players to bring the physical senior down as the new Lee’s Summit spread offense suited him to perfection.
“It’s a new era,” Tiger wide receiver Sam Sealer said. “It’s a lot of fun. We have come together as a team.”
Three touchdowns were scored in the opening two minutes in setting up a wild night of football.
On the game’s fourth play. Berkstresser passed 55 yards to King Frazier for a touchdown. Sealer kicked the extra point.
Twenty-four seconds later, Scott Cates burst 65 yards for a Chrisman touchdown. But Devin Patrick couldn’t run for the two-point conversion.
Then the Chrisman kickoff was fielded by Lukas Corbitt, who handed to Sealer. Sixty-five yards later Sealer was in the end zone. He added the extra point
Less than three minutes later Berkstresser passed 30 yards to Blake Stancil for a touchdown.
Chrisman moved to within 21-9 late in the quarter on Jeremie Sagastume’s 21-yard field goal. But the Bears would get no closer.
“We battled for four quarters,” Richardson said. “What I did doesn’t matter. We battled for four quarters. That’s what is the most important.”
Two second-quarter touchdowns gave the Tigers a 35-9 halftime lead. Berkstresser passed 50 yards and 24 yards to Jared Simmons for the scores.
Berkstresser scored on a 5-yard run and passed 66 yards to Stancil for third-quarter touchdowns to complete his big night. Sealer passed to Frazier for two-point conversion and Letner kicked another point. Richardson passed 8 yards to Cates for a Chrisman touchdown as the quarter ended.
In the fourth quarter D.J., French ran 60 yards and Richardson passed 7 yards to Austin Reed.
“I am very proud of you guys,” Crutcher told his squad after the game. “You competed for four quarters. Don’t stop believing. It’s only one game.”
The Bears rolled up 435 yards of total offense. But the big-play Tiger offense totaled 553.
“Overall, it was a good start,” first-year Lee’s Summit coach Eric Thomas said.