Truman blanks Ruskin for second straight win
By Shawn Roney The Examiner
Truman football coach Gregg Webb was cautiously optimistic that Friday night’s 49-0 Suburban Middle Six road win over Ruskin would boost the Patriots’ confidence.
“This will help them,” Webb said after the victory. “I hope.”
One challenge Truman faces in building its program is shaking its team self-image of being “the underdog,” according to Webb. The Patriots “don’t know how to really come out yet” expecting to win “and pound the teams they’re supposed to pound and come up to the line of scrimmage with a lot confidence,” he said.
Patriots quarterback Dean Clemons believes the Patriots (2-2 overall, 2-0 league) “have the swagger” good teams are expected to have. But improving to 2-2 for the first time since 2011 with Friday’s win “did nothing but help” their confidence, he added.
“I thinking building off of (the win over St. Joseph Central) last week gave us the confidence for this week,” said Clemons, who ran for two first-quarter touchdowns and threw for a second-quarter touchdown. “And then, it’ll just keep going on.”
Offensively, the Patriots had a leader in Clemons, who engineered scoring drives on six of Truman’s seven first-half possession to help the Patriots stake a 42-0 halftime lead. Clemons scored on touchdown runs of 5 and 13 yards to open the scoring and finished with 167 yards on the ground. He also threw for a 14-yard score to Andreas Sese.
Jordan Salima’s 5-yard run and Will Jenkins’ extra-point kick with 5:10 left in the third quarter provided the final points in Truman’s confidence-building win. Salima finished with 66 yards and three touchdowns, two in the first half, on 10 carries.
Webb’s counterpart at Ruskin, Kiwaukee Thomas, faces a similar challenge in trying to build the Eagles (1-3, 0-1).
“These kids have not won a lot of games lately,” Thomas said. “I think we have talent. It’s just they’ve got to get ... confidence and learn how to deal with adversity.”
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