Joe Bryant Hill and Robert Burnes both scored a pair of touchdowns last Thursday as Smoky Mountain’s middle school football team routed Bethel 44-6 in the home opener at Carr Hooper Stadium/Babe Howell Field.

“We dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball,” Coach Tony Moody said. “We are going to be really tough to beat the way we are playing.”

Hill opened the scoring for the Mustangs (4-0) with a 23-yard run, and Parker Wilson passed to Gage Davis for the conversion. Hill also had a 44-yard TD run, which was set up by Jarin Stillwell’s fumble recovery. Davis’ 43-yard kickoff led to a 13-yard TD pass from Wilson to Brady Owen on fourth down. Hill ran for the conversion and a 22-6 halftime lead.

Sacks by Cutter Paulus and Owen set the stage for Isaiah McNeely’s 12-yard scoring run. Hayden Moore, who had a 31-yard run in the drive, ran for the conversion. Burnes scored on another short run, and Jayce Stillwell ran for the conversion.

McNeely had 10 tackles and was singled out by Moody for his defense, as was Esiah Bird.