By Carey Phillips
After having its first game called off due to COVID-19 issues within the program, Smoky Mountain’s middle school football team opened its season last Thursday with a 24-8 loss at Brevard.
The entire team was in quarantine from Aug. 20-29. Players were allowed to return Aug. 30 if they had tested negative for the coronavirus.
The Mustangs struck first, but Coach Tony Moody said the time in quarantine showed on the field.
Ben Brown capped the opening drive with a 26-yard touchdown run. He added the conversion run for an 8-0 lead.
“The rest was all Brevard,” Moody said.“We looked very rusty with terrible blocking and tackling. With bad fundamentals you cannot win. I have to focus on that.”
He said Mason Forbis played well on offense and defense.
“We need to fix a few things on both sides of the ball, and we should be competitive the rest of the season,” Moody said.
Roberson JVs win
The Mustang JVs fell to 1-2 with a 26-14 loss last Thursday at Roberson.
The Rams led 13-0 at halftime and extended the margin to 26-0 entering the fourth quarter. One TD came on an interception return, and another was on a long pass. There was another long pass that set up a score.
Jarek Jones put the Mustangs on the board with a 1-yard run that was set up by a long run by Malachi McNeely.
Hayden Moore had a 45-yard run then scored from 3 yards out. Jones ran for the conversion.
“We came out flat,” Coach Zeb Capps said. “In the first half we had a hard time getting in rhythm. You can’t give up the big plays and expect to win.”
He said Moore moved to running back and played well.
Several players missed the game due to injuries and sickness.