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FOOTBALL: Unblemished Truman pounds Titans 50-0 (PHOTOS)
Quarterback Tyler Hall and the Anderson Titans were buried by the first-place Truman Cougars in a Downriver League battle Friday night. The Cougars scored on all six of their first-half possessions and bottled up Hall and the Anderson offense all night long. Photos by Larry Caruso
Truman's Leon Contreras (21) gets loose on an 84-yard run against Anderson Fridya night. Titan Dejon Matthews (5) caught him adn tackled him at the 13-yard line.
Truman Coach Eric Stiegel said he had never seen his squad play as well on offense, defense or special teams as they did during Friday night’s 50-0 rout of previously undefeated Anderson.
With six touchdowns on the six possessions of the first half, it was easy to see why he felt that way.
The Titans had two fumbles and were forced to punt on their five possessions of the half.
The Cougars laid it on their opponent early and often and led 44-0 at the half after four two-point conversions.
“We just hit them with everything that we had and it was too much for them,” Stiegel said. “Our kids played great. They practiced well and they played great.”
Truman saw five players contribute touchdowns in its dominating victory and it was no surprise to the coaching staff.
“That’s what we are,” Stiegel said. “Every week I told these guys it could be somebody different.
“We put three backs back there, we rotate two other guys in, our quarterback runs the ball a lot. We’re gonna do what’s best for the team and those guys get that. Whether it’s faking or whether it’s blocking. It’s not about who scores the touchdowns, it’s a team effort.”
D’ante Barrow got things started, scoring his third touchdown in three games just two and a half minutes into Friday night.
It took just six plays before Barrow broke out up the left for a 52-yard score. That and a missed two-point conversion had the Cougars up 6-0.
Three minutes later, Devonte McGregor got into the end zone with the first of his back-to-back touchdowns.
With 6:23 to go he pushed through a host of Titans for a 15-yard score and on the next drive – one of the longest of the night – he helped move the ball down the field, carrying four plays out of the nine.
It ended with a 1-yard bull charge through the middle. Each of his TDs were followed by quarterback Devontae McCuien. It was 22-0 with 1:51 to go in the opening quarter.
In the second 12 minutes, the Cougars added another three rushing touchdowns; two from running back Clarence Massey and one from McCuien.
McCuien did what he does best and bolted up the left, getting around the Titan defense for a 9-yard touchdown and then easily tossed to Barrow in the end zone for the extra two points.
The score came on the heels of Leon Contreras’ 84-yard break out rush from the Cougar’s three-yard line to the Titans’ 13-yard line.
Contreras would have scored if he had not been caught from behind by Anderson’s Dejon Matthews.
The Titans fumbled on the second play of their next drive and Donavin Rubens snatched it up to put his Cougars in a first-and-10 on the Titan 35-yard line.
Truman moved the ball just eight yards in five plays but came back collected after a quick time out and Massey ran it 27 yards to the end zone.
Almost exactly five minutes later, he pushed through on a one-yard touchdown that capped a four-play drive and ended the first half with a 44-0 score in favor of Truman.
The second half was much of the same for the Titans who saw three turnovers on downs and another fumble.
The Cougars had a fumble of their own and were forced to punt on their second drive, but got the scoring started again in the fourth quarter.
With a running clock and the end of the game just over eight minutes away, Truman’s Joe Dudley got the ball on a first-and-10 on the 15 and took over, never looking back on the 85-yard score.
“That was our No. 2 offense, so I was happy about that,” Stiegel said.
Anderson turned the ball over on downs on its next possession and the Cougars took a knee and to run out the clock.
The win puts the Cougars in a position similar to last year.
Last season the team shared the Downriver League championship with Roosevelt and Woodhaven, each losing one game to one of the others.
It was on week three that Truman defeated Woodhaven. This year there are three undefeated teams through week three; Truman, Roosevelt and a much-improved Melvindale.
While Stiegel said it is early in the season to be looking too far ahead, his team is focused on getting better.
“Those teams are playing well, obviously,” he said. “We’re looking one week at a time. But at the same time, we are saying if we wanna be as good as we can be at the end of the year, in the playoffs hopefully, that means we need to get better each week.”
Despite the win, Stiegel said there are a few aspects of the game his team can improve on heading in to week four of the season.
“We still had a turnover tonight,” he said. “(And) I’d like to probably see a little bit more, maybe better on our kickoff coverage.
“We kicked off a lot tonight and that’s a good sign, but maybe we can do a little better there.”
With the dominating win, the team pup up great numbers, rushing for 464 yards as a team.
Contreras led the team with 140 yards on six carries. Dudled had 88 yards on just two carries, Barrow finished with 82 yards and Massey recorded 67 yards.
McGregor added 47 yards to the total and McCuien was not far behind with 40 yards.
“We played great,” Stiegel said. “They (Anderson) probably didn’t play their best game.
“(But) you never expect to win 50-0 or have 44 in the first half. But once we got rolling, it was just downhill so that was that.”
The Titans (2-1) will travel to Melvindale to take on the undefeated Cardinals next week, while the Cougars will return home to host Trenton.
Last Updated: 9/14/2013 12:00:11 AM EST