William Chrisman rallies past Belton

By Michael Smith The Examiner
Posted: October 19, 2018 - 11:45 PM

William Chrisman running back Jaden Thomas had prognostication before Friday’s game against Belton.

“He told me before the game, ‘Coach, I am going to have a big night, tonight,’” Chrisman head coach Matthew Perry said. “He really did tell me that. He doesn’t lack confidence.”

That’s exactly what he did when carried the ball 19 times for 171 yards and a touchdown to help his team overcome a multitude of penalties and four turnovers in a 41-38 Suburban Middle Seven Conference win at Independence All-School Stadium.

Chrisman locked up the No. 3 seed in Class 5 District 7 and will likely play Truman, who lost 50-18 against Lee’s Summit to fall to 0-9.

“We’ve done it before,” Perry said of facing a crosstown rival in a playoff game. “They are going to bring everything they got. It’s the end of the season. Last year, they beat North Kansas City in the first round. We got to be ready to play. They are going to be mad that we beat them the first time.”

Chrisman had four fumbles on rushing attempts, two from running back Osi Nauer, one from running back Christian Felix and one from quarterback Dawson Herl.

That led to Thomas, who was benched for a three-game stretch halfway through the season, getting a bulk of the carries. And he took advantage of it.

“I just had a feeling (that he would have a big game),” Thomas said. “What really pushed me was my best friend (Makyala Brooks, who was killed two weeks ago in her home in Raytown). Her mom was here tonight. That made me go harder.

“I have to give credit to the O-line. They worked their hardest this week. They work the hardest on the team. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have done that and no one would be doing anything.”

It was a struggle early on for the Bears. A 2-yard scoring run from Ayden Holt, a 19-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Andrew Clark to Ezekiel Henson and a Chrisman fumble set up a 41-yard field goal from Joshua Riley, which gave Belton a 17-0 lead in the first quarter.

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