Junior Wildcats off to 3-0 start
Trumann's defense stood tall and held Pocahontas on downs late it the fourth quarter to post an 18-16 win in junior high football last Thursday in Trumann.
The Junior Redskins opened the game recovering an onside kick at the Trumann 49-yard line. Pocahontas put the ball on the ground a few plays later with Trumann's Jarred Carter falling on the ball at the Junior Wildcats' 25-yard line. Trumann could not capitalize on the turnover as they punted the ball away. Neither team was able to generate any points in the opening quarter as the score stood at 0-0 after one.
The Junior Wildcats chewed up half the quarter as they went on a 77 yard drive to open the second quarter with Preston Heavener plowing in from a yard out to make it 6-0 with 4:04 left. Payton Hill was stopped on the two-point conversion try. Heavener played a big hand in Trumann's second score as he ripped off a 76 yard run to put the ball on the Pocahontas two-yard line. Hill scored from two yards out to cap the three play 96 yard drive putting Trumann up 12-0 with 1:13 left. Koltan Jones was stopped a yard short on the two-point conversion run. Will Ryan White's interception stopped the next Junior Redskins' drive to keep the score 12-0 at the half.
Pocahontas got on the board with their opening possession of the second half and added the two-point conversion to make it 12-8 with 7:23 left in the third. Pocahontas recovered the ensuing onside kick just to cough the ball up with Carter falling on it again for Trumann. The teams swapped possessions for the remainder of the quarter leaving the score 12-8 Trumann heading to the final quarter.
The Junior Redskins took the lead at 16-12 with 5:24 left on a touchdown run and two-point conversion play. Cade Gartman gave Trumann great field position taking the kickoff and returning it down to the Pocahontas 32-yard line. Heavener scored his second touchdown of the night on a one yard run to give the Junior Wildcats a 18-12 lead with 2:24 left. The two-point try was unsuccessful. Pocahontas had one final attempt to drive for the win but White intercepted his second pass of the night and returned it to the Junior Redskins 15-yard line with 1:08 left. Trumann downed the ball twice to run the clock out taking an 18-16 win.
"What a great game and what a job our crowd did getting behind us there late in the game," Trumann head coach Cody Wallis after the game. "We just kept feeding Gartman the ball, the offensive line did what they were suppose to do and we played sound defense with Will Ryan White coming up with two big interceptions," Wallis added. Asked about his team's composure there late Wallis had this to say, "We didn't panic, we knew what it was like being there last year. We've got a great group of guys on this team."
Gartman led the team in rushing with 143 yards as Heavener picked up 81 yards rushing with two touchdowns. Gartman tallied nine tackles on defense with Jones adding five tackles and White adding two interceptions.
The Junior Wildcats will travel to Westside on September 25. Kick-off is set for 7.