Park Hill rallies to beat Truman

By Shawn Roney The Examiner
Posted: September 14, 2012 - 11:41 PM

For the third straight week, the Truman football team had the opportunity to stage a fourth-quarter comeback win – and watched that opportunity vanish.

The latest missed opportunity took place Friday night against Park Hill at Independence All-School Stadium Norman James Field. Trailing 17-14 with about 1:30 remaining, the Patriots faced fourth-and-6 at midfield. Opting to throw for a first down, the Patriots watched as junior defensive back John Balsamo made a read on the throw and ripped off a 58-yard interception return for a touchdown.

The touchdown and Mitchell Tittone’s ensuing extra-point kick were the final points scored by either team in Truman’s 24-14 Suburban Middle Six loss. The defeat followed Truman’s 12-6 loss to Liberty North on Sept. 1 at Independence All-School Stadium and 19-15 Sept. 7 road loss to Park Hill South. Against Liberty North last week, the Patriots were in position to tie it when an interception ended their final possession. Against Park Hill South, Truman lost the lead early in the fourth quarter and could never regain it.

“It’s hard to come back,” said Patriots senior running back Demetric Dinwiddie, who scored two touchdowns Friday. “We’ve done it every game, pretty much. It’s just it’s hard to try to score whenever there’s a minute and a half left. There was a lot of pressure on our offense to do that and we just couldn’t pull through tonight.”

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