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Bulldogs News · Smyrna cashes in on opportunities in win over Siegel


Ryan Jent, For The DNJPublished 12:24 a.m. CT Sept. 30, 2017 | Updated 7:52 a.m. CT Sept. 30, 2017

 Smyrna’s football team got plenty of good opportunities last week against Cane Ridge, but cashing in on those opportunities was another matter.

Smyrna failed to convert any of them against the Ravens in a 35-0 loss.

After Coach Matt Williams said his squad was inexperienced but needed to continue to trust the process, his players listened.

Against Siegel on Friday, his team was presented opportunities, and this time, they cashed in.

Smyrna (4-3) capitalized on three first half Siegel turnovers and a blocked field goal in a 42-14 win at Robert L. Raikes Stadium

“This win was a big confidence booster, and we wanted to go into fall break with a win,” said Smyrna junior running back Blake Watkins, who had two touchdown runs.

“Our whole focus was getting a win, and going on fall break with a 4-3 record.”

After a Siegel (3-4) fumbled punt, Watkins took the handoff and zipped 22 yards for the touchdown to open the scoring

An Alex Bannister to Trae Brimm 66-yard touchdown was a majority of the total offensive yards in the first half for Smyrna.

Despite struggling for yards in the first half, the second half belong to Smyrna.
Watkins had 85 of his 128 rushing yards in the first half while fellow junior quarterback  Alex Bannister was 8-for-8 in the second half and 12 of 14 passing for the game with 172 yards and three touchdowns.

In the second half, Junior Tevin Shipp added a touchdown run and reception.

Despite the offensive output, Watkins claimed that the job done on Siegel senior running back Lelan Wilhoite was the key.

Wilhoite picked up 128 yards rushing in the first half, but only managed five touches in the second half.

“We focused on containing (Wilhoite), and we did a good job of that in the second half,” Watkins said.

Wilhoite finished with 188 yards rushing.

Siegel senior quarterback Brendan Crowell hit senior Caleb Bull for two touchdown passes.

“We have to have some consistency each week, especially in our league and we did not have that tonight,” Siegel coach Michael Copley said.

Both teams have a bye next week. Smyrna travels to Stewarts Creek on Oct. 13, while Siegel plays host to Oakland.