St. Joseph Central coach Jeff Wallace doesn’t view Corey Jackson as his No. 2 running back despite having a Division I recruit in his backfield.

St. Joseph Central coach Jeff Wallace doesn’t view Corey Jackson as his No. 2 running back despite having a Division I recruit in his backfield.

“He’s kind of our 1 1/2 guy and then Alex Ray’s kind of our 1 3/4 guy,” Wallace said.

Bruising Wyoming recruit Malkaam Muhammad got his yardage, but the city’s top speed threat made the most of his limited chances in Central’s 48-0 romp over Truman on Friday night at Noyes Field.

Jackson scored three times and rushed for 78 yards on just seven carries, but his top contribution may have come at his own goal line.

A cornerback on defense, Jackson killed the Patriots’ only scoring chance with a leaping interception, stifling a Truman flag route. But instead of allowing his momentum to carry him into the end zone for a touchback, Jackson sprinted 53 yards to set his offense up in Truman territory. He punctuated that drive with his second 10-yard score of the game.

“That hurt. Not only the interception but the return after the interception,” Truman coach Jeff Floyd said. “We had a drive going; we had some stops on defense; we were playing with enthusiasm.”

The Patriots (0-5, 0-3 Suburban Middle Six) hung within a score until that point midway through the second quarter, but the Indians (3-2, 2-1 Mid 6) rang up 27 points in the next 12 minutes to make the close battle a memory.

Muhammad found paydirt twice in the span, including a 36-yard jaunt on a middle screen.

“He’s got great savvy and instinct for where to cut, and our linemen do a great job of getting out in space and blocking people or just covering them up,” Wallace said. “Our backs are quick enough that if you cover up a linebacker, they’re going to make the right cut and it’s going to be a positive play for us.”

Muhammad finished with 157 yards from scrimmage (130 rushing) on 14 touches and scored three total touchdowns. He and Jackson each busted big gains after eluding defenders in the backfield.

“(Muhammad), Corey and even (Alex Ray), when they get the ball, they run angry,” Wallace said. “When you’re angry running the football, it’s going to take three or four guys to bring you down and I feel like that’s what it takes with our backs.”

Central’s defense, which surrendered a season-high 38 points against Platte County last week, rebounded, forcing three turnovers.

Sophomore linebacker Brandon Perkins notched an interception, and Tyrese Husky set up Jackson’s third score, from 2 yards out, by stripping Truman kick returner Eric Humbel in the third quarter.

Truman’s leading rusher, Demetric Dinwiddie, rushed for just 10 yards on 10 carries. Quarterback David Franklin, despite connecting with Heath Mackey on a 57-yard post route in the second quarter, tossed for just 74 yards on three completions.

“It was pretty hard (for us) because we’d never given up that many points before,” Jackson said. “We wanted to prove to our coaches that we could do better and that it’ll never happen again.”

Central quarterback Ryan Wallace completed 10 of 15 passes for 170 yards despite deferring to his shifty running backs in the red zone.

Sam Robinson can be reached at sam.robinson@newspressnow.com