By Carey Phillips
Smoky Mountain’s JV football team defeated Mitchell 16-6 last Thursday at Carr Hooper Stadium/Babe Howell Field.
In a game played prior to the JV contest, the middle school Mustangs lost 26-22 to Madison.
“At times we played pretty well offensively,” Coach Zeb Capps said of his JVs. “I was proud of our defensive effort. I don’t know that they had more than 80 yards of total offense. Our effort was much more consistent.”
The Mustangs (2-2) led 9-0 at halftime on an 84-yard touchdown pass from Brett Richmond to Brylen Conlin and Zeke Sink’s 23-yard field goal.
After the Mountaineers cut the gap to 9-6, Richmond had a 34-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter. Sink kicked the extra point.
Capps singled out Eli Grasty and Dalton Buchanan for their defense.
“Brett Richmond displayed a tremendous amount of toughness,” the coach said. “He was the leader we needed him to be.”
Capps said Conlin continues to develop.
The middle school team trailed 20-0 entering the fourth quarter. A rally by the Mustangs (4-1) came up just short as they lost for the first time this season.
Isaiah McNeely put SM on the board with a 34-yard run and ran for the conversion.
Brady Owen recovered a fumble setting up a 32-yard TD pass from Parker Wilson to McNeely. They connected on a conversion pass cutting the gap to 20-16.
The Patriots scored again before McNeely scored on a short run late in the game.
“We were in positions to make defensive stops and instead gave up big scores,” Coach Tony Moody said. “We came out thinking they were going to roll over and play dead since we were undefeated, and they smacked us in the mouth. They flat out whipped our tails on the line of scrimmage. I was really proud the way we finished the game though. Had we not run out of time, I think we would have pulled out a victory.”