By Carey Phillips


Smoky Mountain’s JV football team ended its season 4-5 with a 21-14 win last Thursday at Franklin.

Quarterback Brett Richmond, who had missed the last two games with an injury, returned to action and scored two touchdowns.

“It was a great win for our program,” Coach Zeb Capps said. “To beat that type team is a big deal, and to win over there makes it ever sweeter. They are a great program and are coached extremely well.”

Davey Mathis scored on a 20-yard run, and Zeke Sink kicked the first of his three PATs for a 7-7 tie. Richmond’s 5-yard TD run put the Mustangs up 14-7 at halftime.

He scored from a yard out making it 21-7 late in the third period.

The Panthers scored with about five minutes to play, but SM was able to run out the clock.

Capps said his coaching staff, especially defensive coordinator Garrett Jones, “did a great job” getting the team prepared.

“The biggest thing is we executed,” Capps said. “I’m very proud of the boys after going through what they have this year with injuries.”

He cited Richmond for overcoming injuries and Mathis for working hard in the off season to get better.

“The boys showed up, played hard and played for each other.” Capps said.