Some dreams die hard, but they are not suppose to succumb as harshly as they did for William Chrisman.

Some dreams die hard, but they are not suppose to succumb as harshly as they did for William Chrisman.
The Bears, just 1-9 last season, had an opportunity to finish second in Class 5 District 10 play and qualify for the state playoffs with a victory over Winnetonka Thursday at North Kansas City.
Instead Winnetonka handed the Bears a 48-14 loss and deferred the Bears’ goal of postseason play for only the third time in school history.
“This is what you dream about growing up playing catch in the backyard,” Bears senior quarterback Zach Dyer said. “You dream of playing in the state playoffs. We worked so hard in the offseason. We worked so hard. We wanted to make this special. This is our senior year and we wanted to do something.”
Bears first-year head coach Mark Simcox said the Bears’ inability to put Winnetonka running back Darrell Jobe on his back was the difference. Jobe rushed for 242 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries.
Jobe’s stat line included runs of 31 and 33 yards and a touchdown on the first two plays of the game and a 81-yard scamper for a touchdown that gave the Griffins a 28-0 lead with 4.7 seconds left in the first quarter. Jobe bowled over a Bears defender on his way to the end zone.
“They have a lot of talent and they play physical,” Simcox said. “We couldn’t get (Jobe) on the ground. I mean, shoot, we were in great position multiple times and he just ran through our tackles. He’s a good player. He’s the best back we’ve seen.”
The Bears scratched and clawed in the second quarter to briefly cut Winnetonka’s 28-point lead in half. Caleb Sims followed his 51-yard run at the end of the first quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run for the Bears’ first points.
Winnetonka muffed the ensuing kickoff and the Bears recovered at the Winnetonka 32-yard line. A 14-play drive was capped off by Dyer’s 5-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Josh Yakovitz. Trent Sifuentes’ extra point made it 28-14. The Bears thought they were back in business but their offense became stagnant in the second half and Winnetonka pulled away.
“I’m proud of the effort,” Simcox said. “It would have been easy for us to quit early, but we didn’t. We popped a couple of touchdowns and got back in it a little bit. We kept playing. Those are the kind of things we are looking for as coaches.”
Bears senior Vise Tialino left it all on the field in his last go-round. The 6-foot, 265-pound lineman was credited with four tackles for loss and at one point in the third quarter was in on three consecutive tackles.
“I was just trying to give all that I had,” Tialino said. “I don’t feel like I did much. I’m just hoping our underclassmen can rise up to the occasion next year and finish what we were hoping to finish tonight.”
The Bears finished the season 4-6, a major improvement from a one-win season in 2008.
“It’s disappointing,” Simcox said. “Especially for our seniors. They deserve a chance to play another week. A chance to practice. A chance to play in November. They deserve those things. We’re not happy, but we are happy with the progress that we’ve made. We don’t feel that way now, but when we look back on it, we made some strides.”
Strides that Sims, a junior, believes will pay dividends in 2010. Sims rushed for 142 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries against Winnetonka.
“It kind of hurts,” Sims said. “You want to go out there and get that ‘W’. It’s just motivation for next year to work harder and do all the right things so we can come back and get the ‘W’ next year. The program is growing. We fell short of our goal this year, but it’s just going to get better and a lot of good things are going to come from it.”