Truman quarterback David Franklin led the Patriots offense to a banner night.

Truman quarterback David Franklin led the Patriots offense to a banner night.

But the Patriots defense couldn’t stop St. Joseph Central at Independence All-School Stadium in Truman’s 70-48 loss Friday night.

Franklin passed for 341 yards and rushed for another 67 yards. Franklin threw four touchdowns, ran for another and threw a pass that turned into a hook-and-ladder touchdown for the Patriots late in the fourth quarter.

In all, the Patriots scored seven touchdowns, but the Central offense scored 10 touchdowns. The Indians were never forced to punt and turned the ball over once on downs and once on an interception by senior Heath Mackey. Truman punted only twice.

“We were trying to keep our defense in the game,” Franklin said. “Last week, the defense helped us and we wanted to support them. It turned into a real shootout.”

Franklin knew it was going to be a good offensive night when the Patriots went for it on fourth-and-17 on their second drive of the night, and he found Jarred Barron wide open in the end zone for a 30-yard touchdown. Barron added another touchdown reception in the second half.

Central running back Corey Jackson forced his way into the state record book by scoring seven touchdowns, six rushing. Jackson finished 291 yards all-purpose yards.

“I didn’t do a good job of preparing our team for that offense,” second-year Truman coach Jeff Floyd said. “It’s a tough offense to prepare against. It’s about as complex as you get.”

Central coach Jeff Wallace runs a complex offense that features motion on every play with multiple formations and looks for the opposing coaches to evaluate before each snap.

“They can run the ball. Their line is good. I thought their line was one of the best we’ve seen this year and that includes Blue Springs,” Floyd said. “They have a lot of different schemes and it puts you in a bind.”

Friday’s game resembled more arena football than football with both teams going back and forth at a relentless pace. Both teams featured their hurry-up offense and the defenses could find no way to stop each other. It was a frustrating night for defensive coordinators, to say the least.

Central’s defense provided the first touchdown and really the only highlight for the defense on Friday night. Senior defensive back Dre Irvin picked up a fumble by Truman running back Demetric Dinwiddie and zig-zagged his way through the Patriots’ defense for a touchdown and an early 7-0 lead.

From there, it was an offensive showcase. Offensive coaches will love the highlights on film but defensive coaches will also cringe at watching their carefully formed plans were blown to shreds.

Central also dove into a bag of tricks late in the first half. After quarterback Darrin Dudley threw an interception which allowed Truman’s offense to cut the Central lead to only a touchdown, Wallace called for the hook-and-ladder with under a minute left.

Wide receiver Cordell Bell ran a 7-yard route, caught the pass, juked a little to sell the defender while Jackson came from behind him to catch the flip from Bell, who streaked down the sideline for a 60-yard pickup. That set up a 5-yard screen pass to Jackson to give Central a 14 point lead at halftime.

It was a record setting night for Central kicker Sal Ingargiola as well. He made all 10 of his extra point attempts which is good for second all-time in Missouri history with two other kickers.