Raytown blanks Truman

By The Examiner staff
Posted: August 18, 2017 - 11:25 PM

The start of the Charlie Pugh-era at got off to a delayed start when lightning appeared near Truman High School to push the kickoff Friday night back to 7:35 p.m.

When the actual game started, a slow start doomed the Patriots in a 45-0 loss to the Raytown Blue Jays at Truman Stadium.

The Patriots had a total offense tally of minus-1 yard after the first three drives and the offense’s struggles gave the Blue Jays opportune field position. Turnovers later in the first half led to a 24-0 deficit after 24 minutes.

“Like I told the kids, there are a lot of mistakes I made this first game,” said Pugh, who came to Truman from Liberty North. “It is not a representation of who they are or how hard they worked or where we will go. They are hard working kids.

“I have to own this one. It is very humbling – my first game. One thing I pride myself on is preparing and I didn’t prepare these guys. They really fought and battled. I’m proud of how they fought. We will get better.”

Messiah Miller ran for a 12-yard touchdown on Raytown’s second drive and Jesus Ruiz’s field goal on the first play of the second quarter gave the Blue Jays an early 10-0 advantage.

Even Truman’s best drive of the first half turned into one that the Blue Jays capitalized on.

The Patriots had a nine-play drive midway through the second quarter, kept alive by a pass interference call on Raytown. Facing a 4th-and-11 at Raytown’s 33, Truman didn’t convert, coming up a yard shy.

Raytown, guided by first-year head coach Logan Minnick, a former Kearney assistant, responded with a 14-play drive capped by Joe Campbell’s 7-yard run.

The series, which ate more than 6 minutes off the clock, featured five carries for 45 yards from the Blue Jays sophomore quarterback and four resulted in first downs.

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