By Carey Phillips
Kings Mountain, the top seed in 3-A West, scored on six of its first seven possessions Friday and rolled past 17th-seeded Smoky Mountain 42-0 in the second round of the state 3-A football playoffs at Kings Mountain.
The Mustangs finished the season 7-5.
The unbeaten Mountaineers (12-0) displayed a balanced offensive attack with 250 yards and three touchdowns on the ground and 205 yards and three scores through the air.
Teddy Jeffries carried 16 times for 123 yards for Kings Mountain. Teammate Caleb Holland added 112 yards in 12 attempts.
Lamont Littlejohn completed seven of 13 passes for 205 yards.
Smoky Mountain quarterback Jed West was under constant pressure. He completed eight of 23 passes for 105 yards and was intercepted three times.
Da’Mare Williams had six receptions for 81 yards and six carries for 50 yards.
A special teams’ play set up the first score as A.J. Richardson blocked Matthew Brown’s punt giving KM possession at the 19. Holland scored on a 16-yard run two plays later. Jaden Ellis kicked the first of his six extra points for a 7-0 lead with 9:08 to play in the first quarter.
SM was forced to punt again, and the Mounties picked up a first down at the 37. A fake punt came up short giving the Mustangs the ball at their 34.
West ran for 11 yards and completed a 45-yard pass to Williams for a first-and-goal at the 10. On third down, Jake Lloyd intercepted West’s pass and had a short return to the 22.
Runs of 22 yards by Holland and 36 yards by Jeffries highlighted a seven-play drive. It culminated with a 1-yard run by Richardson for a 14-0 advantage on the first play of the second period.
On the third play after the kickoff, Zay Smith intercepted West’s long pass and had a 25-yard return to the 33.
Holland had a 26-yard run in the ensuing eight-play drive. On fourth-and-14, Littlejohn completed a 27-yard TD pass to Holland for a 21-0 lead with 7:41 on the clock.
Four plays after a punt, Littlejohn and Ja’Qualyn Sanders hooked up on a 59-yard scoring pass extending the margin to 28-0 at the 4:02 mark.
Runs of 21 and 27 yards by Williams put SM within striking distance, but Smith intercepted West for the second time on the final play of the half.
KM picked up where it left off by driving 80 yards in 10 plays to start the second half. Littlejohn completed passes of 37 yards to Xzorion Lenair and 28 yards to Sanders before Jeffries scored from the 2 for a 35-0 lead with 6:42 remaining in the third quarter.
The final TD was a 33-yard pass from Littlejohn to Holland on fourth-and-10 with 1:01 to go in the third period. With a 42-0 lead, a running clock was in effect the rest of the night.
The game ended with the Mustangs at the Kings Mountain 17 after West’s 22-yard pass to Tanner Gerrety and West’s 17-yard run.