Truman rolls past Marshall in special game
By Bill Althaus The Examiner
When Dean Clemons walked from the Truman High School football locker room down to the field, prior to the first-ever Patriots home game played at the high school, the senior quarterback took a quick glance at the overflow crowd.
“We basically don't have many fans, because we just started winning last year,” said Clemons, who scored the first touchdown in the new stadium en route to a memorable 62-21 victory over Marshall Friday night, “so when I looked and saw all the stands were full, and all the people sitting in lawn chairs and our great student section, I thought, 'This is pretty cool.' The only other time I've seen a crowd like this at one of my games was when I played Pop Warner Football.
“But that game was played at halftime of a Chiefs game at Arrowhead Stadium.”
Clemons, running back Jordan Salima and the rest of the Patriots put on a show as the starters left the field with 9:35 left in the third period holding a 48-0 lead.
“We're changing the football culture at Truman,” said Salima, who carried the ball 18 times for 276 yards and three scores in just over one half. “We knew tonight was going to be special for anyone who ever attended Truman. We wanted to put on a show, give them something special, and we were able to do that.”
The special homecoming night celebration began with a coin flip by Truman's first principal, Leroy Brown (please see related story), and ended with a 64-yard touchdown run by sophomore Aaron Lehman as the Patriots totaled 654 yards of offense.
“I'm proud of the kids,” third-year coach Gregg Webb said after his team improved to 6-1 and assured the Patriots of just their 13th winning season in the past 50 years. “I'll admit that it was pretty nice walking down from the locker room to our field. The kids appreciate it and I'm glad we were able to have a performance like this with all the fans and alumni here tonight.”
The game began with a bang as Truman's Eli Stewart recovered an Owl fumble on the Marshall 46-yard line. Three plays later Clemons scored on a 27-yard run. The extra point was missed and it was 6-0.
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