Trumann downs county rival Harrisburg 41-0

Thursday, October 20, 2016

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.

Wildcat Hunter Woodruff tires to grab hold as Harrisburg's Clay Wright tries to elude him during game action this past Friday in Trumann. Woodruff got the sack on the play as Noah Milligan (55) was close by to offer help. (DT Photo/Anthony Cossey)

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.

Harrisburg's Dylan Mathis looks for running room on a speed sweep as teammate Jameson King looks on during county football action this past Friday at Wildcat Stadium. (DT Photo/Anthony Cossey)

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