Truman moves to 2-0 with win over Belton
By Brian Spano PrepsKC Senior Writer
Truman Head Coach Jeff Floyd has his players believing. They are believing what he’s teaching them, what he’s selling them and what he’s showing them.
After coming off a winless season in 2010, his Patriots have started the 2011 campaign 2-0 with wins over Ruskin and now Belton Friday night 27-3.
“This didn’t start August 8, it started last winter, a week after we finished last year, we started our offseason program,” Floyd said of the turnaround. “We had really good participation in our winter program. Summer was great. We got a lot done in summer strength conditioning. It’s just another year of the offense, a year of the defense, a year of the terminology, a year of me. All the kids playing for us now are doing what good programs do. I’m just happy for the kids now they’re seeing some reward for their effort.”
And what an effort it was. The Patriots controlled both sides of the line of scrimmage for much of the night.
Junior running back Demetric Dinwiddie had two touchdowns and 141 yards rushing. His first score came on a 69 yard bolt down the far sideline.
“Our line was getting off the ball and they were blocking their guys, and I just found the hole,” Dinwiddie said of his night. “I just followed them. It was all up to the line. They did a great job tonight.”
Quarterback David Franklin scored on a one-yard keeper and Jarred Barron scored on the opening kickoff of the second half, taking it 85 yards to the end zone.
“That kickoff came straight out,” Barron said. “I saw a hole right up the middle, took it, ran to the sideline, I knew as soon as I got past everyone, I wasn’t going to get touched.”
Barron added that this team has become more confident this season and has really started to come together, especially after two wins.
“We practice hard. We don’t win the game on Friday, we win it through the week in practice.”
For Belton, 0-2, this year is turning into a learning experience under new head coach Mark Thomas. He is trying to bring his knowledge and experience from other successful programs and build a winner.
On Friday, the Pirates could muster only a 27-yard field goal from Shawn Norman. There were positive signs on offense. On the opening series, Belton was able to move the ball all the way down to the Truman five-yard line before penalties and finally, a missed field goal stalled the drive.
The Pirates were also able to churn out 227 yards on the ground led by Normans 108 yards, but again, penalties and turnovers ended promising drives.
Defensively, the Patriots came up with big play after big play to keep Belton out of the end zone, and they were led by senior defensive lineman Ryan Scheffler.
“All-around, our defense was great,” he said. “We did most things right, but there are things to work on. When we walk off the field after a good play, even a bad play, our teammates are on us and cheering for us the whole game.”
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