Immediate results did not always match the amount of program growth on the scoreboard for William Chrisman this season. Going up against their crosstown rival Van Horn to close the season Friday night, the Bears turned the potential into a reality.
The Bears stuck to their season-long rushing attack game plan to top the Falcons 42-7 and improve to 3-6. With the loss, Van Horn finished its regular season at 4-5.
“We knew what tonight could be like,” Van Horn head coach Jeff Tolbert said. “We knew the things that they were going to do. We knew if we didn't tackle and play tough it could get out of hand early.”
Of the Bears’ 39 offensive plays from scrimmage, 37 came on the ground. They featured four prominent ball carriers, all of which had at least 50 yards. As a team they nearly averaged 9 yards per carry and tallied six touchdowns.
“I don't think there's any backfield like this in the state of Missouri,” Chrisman senior running back D'Vontae Brown said. “I don't think there's any team with four runners that can make people miss, run people over.”
Brown, who had spent much of the year blocking for fellow ball carriers, rushed for 142 yards on just 12 touches, averaging more than a first down a carry as he found the end zone four times.
“No one pictures his senior year with less than 10 carries per game,” said Brown, a senior. “I'm one of our best blockers, so whenever somebody is running behind me, I'm going to make sure we get into the end zone. But tonight was my night.”
While Van Horn junior running back Rasean Weathers rushed for a career-high 344 yards just six days ago, Tolbert took a different approach coming into this game. Four of the first five play calls were designed passes and all fell incomplete. Then the Falcons found themselves down 27-0 by the end of the first quarter, forcing them to throw the ball more.
Van Horn senior quarterback Samila Sua was 10 of 23 passing for 158 yards with one interception and a touchdown. Chrisman held Weathers to just 5 yards on eight carries.
“We were planning on passing early,” Tolbert said. “Unfortunately, we didn't protect well enough. We missed some passes. We kept giving it back to them.”
One of the reasons for the Falcons’ 13 incompletions was the Bears taking Sua to the ground five times. William Chrisman head coach Scorpio Horn says the play of the defensive line and the running backs will be key going forward into the district playoffs next week.
“The boys were playing up front,” Horn said. “We had to challenge the D-line this week. The guys played well. We’ve got to keep it going.”