Truman tops Ruskin for first win

By Shawn Roney The Examiner
Posted: September 29, 2012 - 7:35 AM

Friday night at Ruskin, it was Truman’s turn to own the fourth quarter.

Repeatedly this football season, the Patriots have been in close ballgames in the fourth quarter, only to watch their hopes of getting their first win disappear. But Friday, with the score 15-15 entering the final quarter, the Patriots exploded for 20 points behind Demetric Dinwiddie’s three TD runs to defeat the Eagles 35-15 in Suburban Middle Six action.

“Other games, we haven’t finished,” Dinwiddie said. “Tonight, we finished – and the result was a win. So I’m pretty happy.”

One reason the Patriots “finished” was because they made plays in all phases, Truman coach Jeff Floyd suggested. They got some defensive stops, blocked a punt on special teams and got some contributions on offense to seal it, Floyd said.

“We just kept battling,” he said.

A great practice week helped, too.

“We had our best week of practice (this season),” Floyd said. “We just keep telling the kids, ‘You play like you practice.’ I’ve always believed that. We practiced much better this week – from Saturday on – and it translated into being successful on Friday.”

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