(San Antonio, TX) – There’s no such thing as a perfect game in football but Smithson Valley sure came close last night. The Rangers dominated East Central in all three phases of the game in a convincing 65-6 rout at Hornet Stadium.
Smithson Valley (2-2/1-1) emphatically assured that it wouldn’t dig itself into an 0-2 hole in district play, outgaining the Hornets (1-4/0-2) in total yards 535 to 79 with a large portion of East Central’s yardage coming on their final offensive play of the game, a 70-yard run by running back Brandon Jennings with the game well in hand. The 535 yards is a season high for Smithson Valley, most of it coming on the ground as the Rangers gashed the Hornets for 363 rushing yards, also a season high.
The Rangers opened the scoring on a 6-yard touchdown run by Jaden Deaton, capping off a 12-play, 77-yard drive to take a 7-0 lead with 4:30 left in the first quarter. After the Rangers forced their first of several three-and-outs of the Hornets’ offense, Trevon Moehrig-Woodard returned the ensuing punt 50-yards for a touchdown, his second punt return touchdown of the season, to give Smithson Valley a 13-0 lead. The Rangers tacked on a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs in the 2nd quarter, one by Deaton and the other by Indiana Hawes, and took a 28-0 advantage into halftime.
Smithson Valley’s onslaught continued early in the 2nd half. The Rangers forced another three-and-out on East Central’s first possession of the 3rd quarter and the offense struck quickly on its first 3rd quarter possession with quarterback Josh Adkins scoring on a 29-yard touchdown run to put Smithson Valley ahead 35-0. Not long after Adkins scored his 25th career rushing touchdown, Rangers cornerback Mason Pierce hauled in his 2nd career interception on a pass by Hornets quarterback Charles Oglesby, returning the pick to the East Central 3-yard line. Smithson Valley’s Josh Dillon scored on a receiver sweep on the next play, giving the Rangers a 42-0 lead.
The Rangers would score twice more in the 3rd quarter, once on Deaton’s 3rd rushing touchdown of the game and again on a safety following a bad snap to punter Austin Trainer. Those two scores gave Smithson Valley a convincing 51-0 lead heading into the 4th quarter.
The Rangers began cycling in reserves in the 4th quarter but continued to play at a high level. Smithson Valley’s offense, featuring a mix of 2nd and 3rd string players, still managed to piece together a pair of scoring drives, ending in a 1-yard touchdown run for Hawes and a 37-yard run for Cody Vicknair, the latter giving the Rangers a 65-0 lead with 7:26 left to play.
From there the two teams used up most of the clock although East Central was finally able to get on the board on Jennings’ long touchdown run with less than a minute left to play.
The 65 points are the most Smithson Valley has scored this season and the most the Rangers have scored since putting up 62 points at East Central in non-district play last season.
Smithson Valley, along with the rest of the 27-6A district, is off this week and will return to action on October 7th at home against Wagner. A full recap of the Rangers’ win over the Hornets will soon be available on “Inside Rangers Football” on the Rangers Network and the televised replay of the game will first be aired at Max’s Roadhouse on Sunday at 6:00 p.m. The replay will also be available on the Rangers Network at a later time as well.
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