Patriots spoil the party

PrepsKC staff

By Toriano Porter PrepsKC Staff Writer
Posted: August 29, 2015 - 12:03 AM

Truman spoils Ray South’s home stadium debut

Talk about spoiling the moment.

Truman played the part of party crashers Friday night at Raytown South as the pomp and pageantry of a new campus stadium wasn’t enough for the Cardinals in the Patriots’ 25-22 win.

The non-conference matchup was Raytown South’s first on its campus in the school’s 54-year  history.

“It was a great night,” Raytown South head coach Nick Adkins said after his team christened its sparkling new stadium equipped with synthetic field turf and a oversized digital scoreboard. The Cardinals previously played their home games at Raytown’s Ted Chitwood Stadium. “Our community did a great job.”

The win was Truman’s first after a 33-0 loss on the road last week at Lee’s Summit.

“Last week, we really didn’t know what we were doing,” said Truman running back Jordan Salima, who finished the game with 194 yards rushing on 25 attempts. “At practice this week, we really hit it hard working on our technique and making sure we were perfect.”

Raytown South didn’t come out exactly swinging in its campus stadium debut, but a steady pound and ground attack mixed with a few wrinkles sustained the Cardinals as they took an 8-7 second quarter lead.

Tyree Sorrells’ 30-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Jabril Cox with 9 minutes, 5 seconds remaining in the second quarter pulled the Cardinals to within 7-6.

A successful two-point conversion run from Cox out of the time-tested swinging gate formation gave Ray South a one-point lead that lasted less than 5 minutes after the Patriots sacked Cox in the endzone for a safety.

The Patriots took a 9-8 lead on the play.

Truman, a successful running team in its own right, tallied the game’s first score on a 5-yard touchdown run from Juan Flores. An successful extra point kick put Truman on top 7-0 with 9:43 remaining in the first quarter.

Unlike last week in its season-opening loss at Lee’s Summit, Truman was able to capitalize on a scoring drive before halftime. Kicker Will Jenkins’ 23-yard field goal with 7.6 seconds remaining before the break put the Patriots ahead 12-8.

The four-point cushion gave Truman slight breathing room, but a major dose of confidence.

“Sometimes I don’t think our kids realize how important a score is,” said Truman head coach Greg Webb. “They understand momentum because they can feel it, but I don’t think they understand why it’s happening.

“That’s the way it appears to me, but maybe they are smarter than I give them credit for.”

The teams squared off in the third and fourth quarters, but Truman was able to keep its lead thanks to good offensive line play and a consistent rushing attack.

The run set up a perfect play action pass from quarterback Dean Clemons to a wide open Phillip Woosley that resulted in a 37-yard score with 8:17 left in the third quarter. A successful kick stretched Truman’s lead to 19-8.

“O-line was working hard tonight,” Salima said. “I’m really proud of them.”

Just when things looked bleak for the Cardinals, Cox scrambled for a first down on a fake punt. The fourth-and-3 conversion gave Ray South hope with 5 minutes left in the third, but the drive fizzled somewhat with a false start penalty and a sack.

However, Ray South converted another fourth-and-3 when the Patriots jumped offsides.

Two plays later Cox’s 36-yard run gave the Cardinals a first-and-goal from the 2-yard line with 2:43 left in the third.

The Cardinals were stonewalled three times until Cox’s 7-yard scoring scramble. A successful kick cut Truman’s lead to 19-15 heading into the fourth quarter.

“We didn’t start getting into a rhythm until late,” Cox said. “We left the defense out there too long.”

Truman answered with a 13-play, 86-yard, run-heavy drive that featured zero passing attempts. The drive culminated with a 11-yard scoring run on fourth-and-1 by Clemons on a quarterback sweep with 5:08 left in the game.

The score extended Truman’s lead to 25-15.

“We just wanted to get first downs,” Webb said.

A late scoring drive from Ray South that included Cox’s 3-yard touchdown run accounted for the final scoring.

“We made some mistakes here and there and it cost us,” Adkins, the Cardinals coach, said. “Truman’s offense did a good job and they had a good game plan and they didn't deter from it.”