Park Hill South powers past Truman

By Cody Thorn Special to The Examiner
Posted: October 6, 2018 - 12:32 AM

For a team in need of a win, Truman found itself in a good situation early in the second half Friday night.

The Patriots trailed by a touchdown at the break against Park Hill South, but the defense forced a punt and got possession. Truman, at the point, trailed 21-13 and had the ball with a chance to tie.

The Patriots got a 17-yard pass play from Chase Schroeder to Don Edmondson to move to midfield, but the drive fizzled out and a punt followed.

Park Hill South then proceeded to score the first of four second-half touchdowns to roll to a 46-13 victory in a Suburban Large Seven showdown.

“Coming into the half, we felt good,” Truman coach Charlie Pugh said. “We gave them 21. We were feeling good. Had things going our way and were getting stops in the second quarter, defensively. It was a big deal to get the stop (in the third quarter). We talked at halftime that it was an important series and we got it, but we weren’t able to capitalize and execute.”

After Truman (0-7, 0-5) was forced to punt, Park Hill South started at its own 35 and needed eight plays to march down and score. Running back Ta’Von Tusa had a pair of first-down carries and, when he went out with an injury, Gaige Warren picked up a 16-yard gain to move outside of the Truman red zone.

The next play, a pass, went in and out of the hands of a Truman defensive back.

“We had that pick and we dropped it – that changes things,” said Pugh, whose Patriots play at Columbia Hickman next week.

Two plays after the dropped pass, Joe Inzenga ran for a 14-yard touchdown. After Truman went four-and-out on the next drive, Matt Suchanick hit Braeden Denney a 39-yard touchdown with 52 seconds left in the third quarter.

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