TRUMANN — For the second time in three weeks Southside fell behind early and couldn’t mount a comeback.
Trumann scored twice in 11 seconds in the first quarter and used a stout defense to beat the Southerners 27-0 Friday.
Southside (1-2) fell behind in the opening quarter as Trumann scored, then returned a Southside fumble for another score on the ensuing kickoff.
Down 21-0 at the half Southside put together a good opening drive getting a 1st and goal at the Trumann 3- yard-line before a mishandled snap led to a nine-yard loss and eventually a turnover on downs.
Trumann made Southside pay quickly when Milton Lewis broke free for a 91-yard touchdown run.
The extra point from Mario Coronado gave Trumann a 27-0 lead with 8:06 to play in the third quarter.
Southside had three more possessions offensively but couldn’t find the end zone as Trumann took nearly six
minutes off the clock on a drive in the fourth.
“They outplayed us, they had a good gameplan and they executed better than we did,” Southside coach Brian Reardon said.
On the night Southside was led by Brendan Frazier’s 124 yards rushing on 21 carries.
Although Southside moved the ball, they couldn’t finish off drives.
“They just finished a couple of drives and we didn’t,” Reardon said.
The Southerners turned the ball over twice with a pair of fumbles and forced one turnover.
Trumann (1-1) rushed for 226 yards on 32 carries as a team with Lewis going for 112 yards and Gaven Guy
finishing with 92 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
The Wildcats jumped out to an early lead putting together a 15-play, 67-yard scoring drive as Guy scored on a one-yard run with 5:23 left in the first.
With the extra point from Mario Coronado Trumann led 7-0.
On the ensuing kickoff a hard Trumann hit jarred the ball loose from the Southside ball carrier.
Trumann’s Gavin Richardson scooped up the loose ball and returned it for a touchdown.
The Wildcats converted a two-point pass after a bad snap and led 15-0 with 5:12 to play in the first.
Trumann grinded out another 15-play scoring drive in the second going up 21-0 when Guy scored from one-yard out with 3:18 remaining in the half.
Southside has a week off next week before traveling to Stuttgart Sept. 25 for the conference opener.
“It wasn’t our night and those are the hardest ones to get over but you’ve just got to move on,” Reardon said.