Varsity Football · DNJ Story: Smyrna defense turns things around as playoffs near


Since a 45-10 loss to Blackman during Week 4, something has lit a fire under the Smyrna High football team’s defense.

The Bulldogs have allowed 13 points or less in each of their last four games, including Friday’s 24-7 win over rival Stewarts Creek to win the Mayor’s Trophy.

“We had to pull together and regain our focus,” said Smyrna senior linebacker Josh Bailey, who had a long interception return and also a touchdown reception in Friday’s win.

“We were a little out of control. We weren’t in sync. We had to band together.”

Since a 45-10 loss to Blackman during Week 4, something has lit a fire under the Smyrna High football team’s defense.

The Bulldogs have allowed 13 points or less in each of their last four games, including Friday’s 24-7 win over rival Stewarts Creek to win the Mayor’s Trophy.Stewarts Creek's quarterback Jonnie Simmons (5) fumbles the ball in the end zone where it was recovered by Smyrna  at Smyrna High School on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018.

“We had to pull together and regain our focus,” said Smyrna senior linebacker Josh Bailey, who had a long interception return and also a touchdown reception in Friday’s win.

“We were a little out of control. We weren’t in sync. We had to band together.”

During a two-game stretch (losses against CPA and Blackman) the Bulldogs allowed a combined 93 points.

Since that time Smyrna (5-3, 3-1 in Region 5-6A) has allowed just 39 points combined in four games, including a season-low 13 points to an explosive Cane Ridge squad.

“After the Blackman game

During a two-game stretch (losses against CPA and Blackman) the Bulldogs allowed a combined 93 points.

Since that time Smyrna (5-3, 3-1 in Region 5-6A) has allowed just 39 points combined in four games, including a season-low 13 points to an explosive Cane Ridge squad.

“After the Blackman game… continue reading here