Winnetonka powers past Truman
By Mike Genet The Examiner
While the Truman football team’s offense gave Winnetonka fits most of the night, the Patriots’ defense had even more trouble stopping the Griffins during Friday’s Class 5 District 7 semifinal at North Kansas City High School.
When Winnetonka successfully executed an onside kick in the first quarter, eliminating a Truman possession in between the Griffins’ second and third touchdowns, it left the Patriots with no margin for error, and they couldn’t keep up with the Griffins in a 52-25 season-ending loss.
Winnetonka (8-2) scored on eight of its nine possessions, the lone exception a punt midway through the fourth quarter, and totaled 528 yards of offense to earn a game at top-ranked Fort Osage next week for the district title.
The Griffins had just made it 14-6 on Marquise Doherty’s 1-yard plunge at the 4:19 mark in the first. Winnetonka placekicker Jesse Jasso, who was true on all seven PAT kicks as well as a 40-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, ran up on the kickoff like normal but instead scraped a topper. The ball bounced the necessary 10 yards and Jasso covered before Truman (6-5) could get there.
Six snaps later Doherty took the handoff on a nifty draw play and bolted 30 yards for a touchdown.
“We just a feeling they might do something, and we were screaming at the guys to stay,” said Truman second-year coach Gregg Webb, whose team finished with a winning record after going 1-19 the previous two seasons. “The crazy part was how well their guy executed.”
Winnetonka coach Sterling Edwards said he decided to try the onside kick after seeing how Truman defended the previous kickoff.
“Our kicker couldn’t have executed any better,” he said. “I don’t think it was so much that they didn’t cover it as our guy kicked it perfect.”
Truman, which piled up 411 rushing yards, responded with an 80-yard drive in nine plays. Dean Clemons provided the big gainer, taking a designed quarterback keeper on third-and-9 for 32 yards, and Tre’Von Sorrells (25 carries, 198 yards) provided the points with 1-yard touchdown at the 10:19 mark of the second. The two-point conversion pass failed, but the Patriots were within 21-12.
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