Junior Wildcats continue to roll
Trumann's Junior Wildcats (6-0) continued to roll as they amassed 398 yards rushing in a 36-8 win over Harrisburg last Thursday in Harrisburg. Jon Dunman, Connor Barker, Jarred Carter, Chase Cook, Patrick Hill, Zac Burchfield, Matthew Whitlock and Gavin Dunahoo opened up holes all night for the Junior Wildcat rushing attack.
Trumann took opening drive from their own 45-yard line and drove 55 yards for the score as Cade Gartman took a double hand-off and raced 40 yards for the touchdown. Koltan Jones added the two-point conversion run to make it 8-0 Trumann with 4:22 left. Jett Jackson gave the Junior Hornets good field position returning the short Trumann kick-off down to the Wildcats 32-yard line. Harrisburg couldn't take advantage as Gartman sacked Clay Wright causing a fumble that Gartman recovered at his own 38-yard line with 2:58 left in the quarter. Trumann drove to the Harrisburg 40-yard line before the first quarter came to a close.
The Junior Wildcats' ground game just kept rolling as Taylor Jones found the end zone from 19 yards out to put Trumann up 14-0 with 7:27 left in the second. Gartman added the two-point conversion to make it 16-0. After a Harrisburg punt, Gartman broke free for another 40 yard touchdown run to make it 22-0 with 4:01 left in the half. The two-point try was no good. The score stayed 22-0 as the first half ended.
Harrisburg got the board with their first drive of the second half as they drive 65 yards with Clay Wright running the ball in from five yards out to make it 22-6 Trumann. The two-point conversion was good to make it 22-8 Junior Wildcats with 5:26 left. Trumann answered the Harrisburg with a score of their own as they drove the field with Gartman scoring his third touchdown of the night making it 28-8 Junior Wildcats with 2:53 left in the third quarter. The two-point pass play no good.
Payton Hill put he final points on the board with a 24 yard touchdown run with 7:51 left in the game. Hill added the two-point run to make it 36-8 Trumann. Neither team did much as they traded possessions for the remainder of the game.
"I can't say enough about these guys and how hard they work," Trumann head coach Cody Wallis said after the game. "Big win for us as we renew the rivalry with Harrisburg. We came out and took control and ran the ball well, which is what we like to do," Wallis added.
Gartman rushed for 148 yards and three touchdowns on the night to lead Trumann. Koltan Jones added 92 yards on the ground as Hill finished with 61 yards and a touchdown.
"We competed in the second half but had a tough first half," Harrisburg head coach Sean Hammond said after the game. "We only had eight offensive plays in the first half and it's hard when they (Trumann) controls the ball like they do," Hammond added.
Wright passed for 56 yards on the night as Dillon Mathis had 30 yards receiving for the Junior Hornets.