Park Hill beats Truman to stay undefeated
By Mike Genet The Examiner
The underlying statistics normally would not indicate the blowout that Friday’s football game at Park Hill District Stadium became.
But try as it might, Truman couldn’t muster any response to Park Hill’s rapid-fire start, as the host Trojans rang up a 27-0 lead less than two minutes into the second quarter and completed a 9-0 regular season with a 42-7 win and a Suburban Middle Seven title.
The Trojans outgained the Patriots (5-4, 3-2 Middle Seven) just 298-286 and had just three more first downs (17-14). But Truman, which went 0-10 last season and would have snared a conference title share with an upset victory Friday, had two long drives end inside the Park Hill 5 without points and had reached the Trojans’ 11 when the mercy-rule running clock ran out.
“We threw a lot at ’em this week only because (the Trojans) do so many things well,” Truman coach Gregg Webb. “They’ve run the ball well, and they did tonight, but it’s a pick-your-poison thing, and we chose to load up against the run.
“But when they throw it we don’t know what’s going on …”
Park Hill, which had its own struggles last season at 3-7, went up top to start as Kentrez Bell beat his coverage man and hauled in a 53-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Holmes on the third play from scrimmage.
A three-and-out by Truman and a blocked punt that traveled just 8 yards set up Park Hill at the Truman 32, and three plays later Matt Harris ran in from 12 yards out, making 13-0 barely three minutes in.
Truman also punted its next two possessions away, and Park Hill promptly tacked on two more touchdowns on Kenyatte Harris’ 10-yard run and Holmes’ 5-yard toss to Jeremiah Benson. At that point Holmes was 7-of-9 passing for 139 yards.
“It was boom-boom-boom, just like that, and then we’re just swimming up hill,” Webb said. “I think it showed us where we need to go as a program. Then when we do get it down there we can’t get it in, which is frustrating.”
Truman finally put together a 10-play drive that traveled 77 yards but needed at least one more, as the Trojans stopped Jon Gosserand on fourth-and-two from the 4.
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