Trumann downs county rival Harrisburg 41-0
Trumann (4-3, 2-2 4A-3) got a big night from Cade Gartman as the Wildcats rolled to a 41-0 win over Harrisburg (0-7, 0-4) in conference play this past Friday night at Wildcat Stadium.
Harrisburg got the ball to start the game as Lance McGinnis returned the kick-off to the the Hornets' 41-yard line. The Hornets netted five yards in three plays and were forced to punt the ball away. Noah Benintende's punt was downed at the Trumann 26-yard line with 9:09 left. Trumann put together a 74 yard drive that was capped by Garrett Woods' one-yard run to get the Wildcats on the board. Gartman added the two-point conversion to make it 8-0 Trumann with 5:37 left. Harrisburg returned the kick-off out to the Wildcats' 45-yard line to start their second possession. A big sack on third down by Zac Burchfield forced Harrisburg to punt as Benintende's punt went out at the Trumann 30-yard line. Gartman wasted little time as raced 70 yards on the first play after the punt to give Trumann a 14-0 lead with 3:27 left. Lance McGinnis sacked Woods on the two-point pass play to keep the score 14-0 Wildcats. Trumann used a little trickery on the kick-off as Will White faked the normal short kick with Gartman kicking the ball deep forcing Dylan Mathis to run the ball down. Mathis was tackled at Harrisburg 15-yard where the Hornets took over. Trumann's defense put points on the board as Jay Morgan intercepted Clay Wright's pass and returned it 12 yards for a touchdown with 3:12 left in the first quarter. Woods fumbled on the two-point attempt with Brian Garcia recovering the ball for Harrisburg making the score 20-0 Trumann. Jameson King returned the kick-off to the Harrisburg 34-yard for the Hornets' next possession. Bad luck hit Harrisburg again as a bad snap on third down moved the ball back to the Harrisburg 15-yard line forcing the Hornets to punt. Benintendes's punt was downed at the Harrisburg 45-yard line with 1:33 left. The quarter ended with Trumann up 20-0.
Trumann was facing third and long to start the second quarter when Lance McGinnis broke through the line and dropped Morgan for a loss to force the Wildcats to punt. Morgan's punt was downed at the Harrisburg 26-yard line with 11:05 left. Harrisburg had to punt the ball back to Trumann with a bad snap to Benintende forced him to run before getting the punt off for a short gain as the Wildcats took over at the Harrisburg 35-yard line with 9:39 left. Gartman struck again as he galloped 35 yards on the first play for a touchdown to push Trumann's lead to 26-0. Drake Evans fumbled the two-point try into the end zone where John Dunman fell on the ball for Trumann to give the Wildcats a 28-0 lead with 9:36 left. AJ Stevens returned the kick-off for Harrisburg out to the Hornets' 35-yard line to start their next possession. The Hornets moved the ball converting a third and short into Trumann territory before converting a fourth down with Wright hitting McGinnis on a pass play with a personal foul against Truman tacked on moved the ball to the Wildcats' 15-yard line with 4:46 left. Harrisburg's drive ended with back to back incomplete passes from Wright giving Trumann the ball at the Hornets' 14-yard line with 1:43 left. Gartman carried the ball to Harrisburg 46-yard line before Woods hit White with a pass to the Hornets' one-yard line ten seconds later. Woods finished the drive with a one yard run. White added the extra-point to make it 35-0 with 13 seconds left in the half. Mathis bobbled the kick-off for Harrisburg before returning it to the Hornets' 35-yard line. The Hornets ran one play before the half ended.
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