Trumann rallies to beat Homecoming opponent
The Trumann Junior High Wildcats clawed their way past Gosnell Thursday on
Two fourth quarter touchdowns by Zach Thompson to take a 34-26 victory over the
Trumann (5-1, 3-1 3AAA) trailed 26-18 going into the fourth quarter when
Thompson produced his fireworks.
First, Thompson scored on a 21-yard touchdown run, followed by Ryne Whitsett's two-point conversion which tied the score at 26 with 7:33 left in game time.
He then scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 19-yard run with 1:09 remaining, then added two points for the final score.
"It looked bad there in the beginning where we made some serious mistakes, but we were able to rally behind Blaike and push through to the end," said Trumann coach Scott Brown. "I'm glad we were able to pull it out."
Taking the field in the first quarter during the homecoming, the Trumann offense exuded an air of confidence and assurance. This was quickly dashed, however, as, at 4:55 of the period, Gosnell scored the game's initial touchdown on a 36-yard run which resulted from several missed tackles by Trumann.
The Junior Cats failed to capitalize on an ensuing 21-yard drive and Gosnell scored again on a 43-yard run after a pass from Blaike Jones to Zac Thompson was intercepted. The score put Gosnell up 12-0 with 1:22 left in the first.
At the 7:25 point of the second quarter, Trumann posted its first score with a
touchdown run by Tommy Harris.
Then after freezing the Gosnell offense by forcing a four-in-and-four-out series, the Wildcats scored on a Jones-to-Thompson pass with 4:55 left in the second to even the game, 12-12, at the half.
The second half was a seesaw affair as Jones ran for third yards in the third, giving Trumann the first lead of the night, 18-12. Gosnell then answered with
two touchdowns, pulling ahead 26-18 to end the third quarter. It was after
this that Thompson's heroics finished the game.
Thompson finished with 104 yards on 14 caries while Jones was 4-8 passing for 127 yards and added 86 yards on 12 carries. Harris finished with two receptions for 80 yards.
The Junior Cats will be traveling to Brinkley this week for a 7 p.m. game.