A disappointing season ended in triumphant fashion for the Truman High School football team.
A disappointing season ended in triumphant fashion.
Truman gained some satisfaction from a tough 2-8 year with a 45-12 Class 5 District 9 victory over Kansas City Northeast Thursday night at Independence All-School Stadium/Norm James Field.
Twenty-seniors played their final game with two – Brandon Harris and Kyle Gehrs – going out in stellar fashion.
Harris scored four touchdowns, rushed for 78 yards and caught two passes for 27.
The speedy Gehrs displayed more moves than a chess convention. He rushed for 106 yards on 12 carries, including a 60-yard scamper that set up Harris’ third score, caught an 8-yard pass and returned a punt 51 yards for a TD.
“Their defense was right for our offense,” Harris said. “It was good way to end it (season).”
While happy for the win and the seniors, Truman coach Craig Lewis said it was the most disappointing season of his career.
“I would have liked a little of this earlier in the year,” he said of Truman’s biggest scoring output of the season. “I thought they would be better. But we did what we had to do and it was good to go out on high note.”
Truman coasted after breaking to a 24-6 halftime lead.
Sophomore quarterback David Franklin scored on a 3-yard run, Harris followed with another 3-yard TD run and Steven Green kicked the first two of six extra points as Truman ended the first quarter with a 14-0 advantage.
Northeast closed to within 14-6 midway in the second quarter on Daylen Robinson’s 55-yard pass to Kawnn Parrish.
Truman retaliated with 10 quick points. Harris ran 1 yard for a touchdown and Green kicked a 27-yard field goal to push the lead to 24-6 at the intermission.
The Patriots opened the second half on Gehrs’ dazzling 60- yard run. Three plays later Harris scored from the 3 and it was 31-6.
“I will remember this game,” Gehrs said. “We came out and got the win.”
He capped the Truman scoring with the punt return with 9:25 remaining.
Two minutes earlier Nico Hall intercepted Robinson at the Northeast 15. Harris immediately ran up the middle and into the end zone.
Northeast continued to battle. Robinson scored on a 1-yard run with 3:34 remaining.
The Truman defense also played a big role in the victory, intercepting Robinson three times and recovering three fumbles.
“Our defense was smashing,” said senior linebacker Jay Nu’u, who recovered one of the fumble. “We wanted to win it for all of the seniors.”
Northeast managed only 24 yards rushing on 24 attempts and passed for 158.
Despite the three interceptions, Robinson starred for Northeast, completing 12 of 21 passes for 142 yards.
Truman rushed for 222 yards and Franklin passed for 96.