Truman capitalized on a slew of Ruskin mistakes, and piled on to an early lead for their first win since 2009 Friday night at Independence All-School Stadium.

Truman capitalized on a slew of Ruskin mistakes, and piled on to an early lead for their first win since 2009 Friday night at Independence All-School Stadium.

Truman won 42-28, getting their first victory for 2011 out of the way on opening night.

“It’s great,” Truman head coach Jeff Floyd said. “These kids, all offseason, all spring, have been working hard. They’ve put the time in.”

Ruskin lost three fumbles, threw three interceptions and gave up a safety and a slew of penalties. Truman was there to cash in on each of Ruskin’s mistakes.

“That’s part of it,” Floyd said. “Part of it is forcing the mistakes. They had five turnovers, we caused five turnovers. We had the safety. Those are all big, important defensive plays.”

Heath Mackey had two first-half interceptions for the Patriots (1-0), with each pick leading to a score.

Mackey intercepted Ruskin quarterback Tino Martin and returned it to the Eagles’ 18-yard line early in the first quarter. Jake Wingo cashed in with a 3-yard touchdown run to make it 7-0 with  7:52 to play in the first quarter.

After a field goal made it 10-0, Fred Kelley fumbled and Truman recovered at Ruskin’s 30-yard line. Demetric Dinwiddie plunged in a few plays later for a 16-0 lead.

Mackey’s second interception led to another field goal and a 19-0 lead with 2:18 to play in the second quarter.

“Right place at the right time,” Mackey said. “We’ve been working two-to-one coverages for five months now. When two goes, go to one and read the quarterback. It just wound up in my hands twice.”

Ruskin would mount a comeback, scoring with 16 seconds left in the half and 10:03 to play in the third quarter to make it 19-14.

But that’s all the closer the Eagles would get.

The Patriots poured it on in the second half, scoring a touchdown on a 1-yard drive after another interception and adding a safety when Mathew Hart tackled Kelley in the end zone to make it 28-14 with 1:54 to play in the first quarter.

After Truman took a 42-14 lead with 10:20 to play, Ruskin added two more touchdowns, including a 71-yard scamper. Kelly finished with more than 150 yards on the ground and two scores but also had two costly fumbles.

Dinwiddie, Wingo, Franklin and Cole Zehnder had touchdown runs for the Patriots. Franklin added a touchdown pass to Jarred Barron. Tom Ruddy had the Patriots’ other interception.

According to Floyd, the victory belongs to the players.

“I’m just happy for the kids,” Floyd said. “I’m an old guy, I’ve been around. The kids deserve it.”

Mackey called for more victories for the Patriots this year.

“It feels real good,” Mackey said. “I’m expecting more though. I’m expecting a lot more.”

Truman takes on Belton next Friday night at Belton. The Pirates lost 30-0 to Park Hill South Friday.