Friday the trio was mentioned together.
Putting together the best performance of his relatively quiet career, Truesdell blossomed on the state’s biggest stage in helping Cincinnati Anderson defeat
“Randy Moss, I mean my gosh,”
Said Truesdell, who had 41 catches for 582 yards and seven TDs coming in and admitted teammates sometimes call him “T.O.” because he wears No. 81: “I didn’t expect to make this big of an impact at all. I was nervous coming in and in warm ups I was dropping balls. When the game came I was just ready to go.”
Truesdell’s offensive exploits helped fuel an
The Redskins jumped out to a 21-0 lead thanks to three scoring drives of less than two minutes, the last of which was capped by a 3-yard run from junior quarterback Daniel Rod with 2:38 to go before half.
Louisville responded with a scoring drive of its own that finished with a 14-yard pass from Neal Seaman to Brandon Mathie.
On the ensuing kickoff Truesdell returned the ball to the
“That was a killer,” Farrah said. “It was big more to me, because I knew we were down 24-7 and it was going to take 17 (points to get back). The kids just came in the locker room and they were upset because we just couldn’t get off the field. The kid returned a great kickoff return. We had three-four shots at him and didn’t tackle him. He made a play.”
Seaman’s second touchdown pass of the second half to Mathie drew the Leopards to within 24-19 with 2:58 left to play. Instead of opting for an onside kick,
“I asked my defense what do you want to do – do you want to onside it or kick it deep?” Farrah said. “They said kick it deep and we’ll hold them. (Storey) just cut back (through) the zone and that was it. He cut right through us.”
Seaman hit Bob Swigert for another touchdown with 20 seconds to go, but
“We’ve had some great teams in the past but we were in Division I and we had to play some really good schools and some schools that were a lot bigger than us sometimes. We could never really make a long playoff run,” Giesting said. “This year we felt if we could get in we’d have a chance.”
Storey led the
Louisville racked up 386 yards and 27 first downs of its own, but three first half turnovers led to 14
Seaman rushed for 91 yards on 24 carries and completed 29-of-45 passes for 283 yards and four TDs. Mathie caught 11 passes for 120 yards and three TDs, while Swigert had nine catches for 77 yards. Tyler Jones added six receptions for 64 yards.
Louisville, playing in its first state championship game, was trying to be the first school from
“We were still fighting with 20 seconds to go,” Farrah said. “We made it a game.”