By Carey Phillips


Smoky Mountain’s JV and middle school football teams both won last Thursday.

The JVs routed Enka 40-0 at Carr Hooper Stadium/Babe Howell Field.

Brett Richmond scored on a 2-yard run and completed touchdown passes of 46 yards to Brylen Conlin and 11 yards to Chris Weaver for a 19-0 halftime lead.

The defense got into the scoring act in the second half as Zeb Fisher (20 yards) and Conlin (26 yards) had interception returns for TDs.

Davey Mathis ripped off an 80-yard scoring run.

Zeke Sink was four of four on extra points.

“I’m very proud of the boys,” Coach Zeb Capps said. “We played hard at times. There’s still a lot of things we need to get cleaned up and fixed, especially up front on the offensive line. It’s always nice when you win and fix things. It’s a lot easier to do that than when you lose.”

The middle school team is 2-0 after a 16-12 win at Rugby.

Isaiah McNeely’s 50-yard TD run and a conversion pass from Parker Wilson to Brady Owen in the second half allowed SM to overcome a 12-8 halftime deficit.

William Ashe forced a fumble that was recovered by Gage Davis to seal the win.

Joe Bryant Hill had a 58-yard scoring run for the Mustangs in the first half. He also ran for the conversion.

“We started the game really flat and it showed,” Coach Tony Moody said. “We finally woke up after their first score and played three quarters of stout defense. We really showed some tenacity staying focused and playing our type of rough football to eke out the victory.”

Esiah Bird had three tackles for losses.