Park Hill South grabs first win
By Mike Genet The Examiner
Despite not running a play from scrimmage in the third quarter, Truman managed to take a lead into the fourth against Park Hill South.
But the Patriots couldn’t get the clutch defensive plays they needed to take Friday’s battle between two Suburban Middle Six teams seeking their first win.
The host Panthers called on the legs of Myles Hammonds 46 times – 23 in each half – and the senior running back, playing his first full game since midseason last year due to an ankle injury, delivered for 223 yards.
Hammonds led a Park Hill South offense that ran more than twice as many plays as Truman, 78 to 36. That total included a 14-play scoring drive in the final minutes of the second quarter, ending with Shaefer Schuetz’s 3-yard pass to Craig Scott with 11 seconds showing. The missed extra point allowed Truman a 7-6 halftime edge.
But that trek paled in comparison to what came after halftime.
Starting at the 20, the Panthers got a 16-yard jaunt from Hammonds on first down, then methodically converted five straight fourth-down plays, overcoming a penalty along the way. The first four conversions came with a yard or two to go.
The points finally came on play No. 27: another Schuetz-to-Scott connection on a short out pattern, this time from 8 yards on fourth-and-4.
“That first drive the second half was the killer,” Truman coach Jeff Floyd said. “Three or four fourth-down conversions they made, all barely, and we didn’t play the pass particularly well. They’ve got a good receiver, but we needed to get off the field and we didn’t do it.
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