(Austin, TX) – Lightning strikes kept Smithson Valley from opening its season last week against Pflugerville Hendrickson and another storm came crashing through House Park last night.
Except the storm wasn’t made up of rain, wind or thunder. Instead, it came in the form of a flood of explosive plays by the Rangers who dominated Austin Anderson in a convincing 60-20 win over the Trojans.
Smithson Valley (1-0) had three return touchdowns, two of them from junior Trevon Moehrig-Woodard who took the Rangers’ opening kickoff back 95 yards for a score. Moehrig-Woodard also returned a punt 52 yards for a touchdown and Tyler McCracken took an interception back 35 yards for a touchdown, all part of a flurry of scores for the Rangers who scored 53 points in the first half alone.
The game started a bit shaky for Smithson Valley as Anderson (0-2) scored on its opening possession. The Trojans picked up 64 yards on the very first play of the game and scored a few plays later to take a 7-0 lead. However, Moehrig-Woodard took the ensuing kickoff back for a touchdown, and from that point on the flood gates opened for Smithson Valley.
The Rangers scored three more touchdowns in the first quarter, capped off by McCracken’s “pick six” and led 27-7 just 12 minutes into the game. The display of dominance continued in the 2nd quarter as Smithson Valley scored four more touchdowns and led 53-14 at halftime. The Rangers cruised the rest of the way as Smithson Valley claimed its second straight season opening victory and sixth in the last seven years. The 60 points scored by the Rangers is a new program record for a season opener, smashing the previous record of 43 points set in 2002.
Senior quarterback Josh Adkins completed 8-of-11 passes for 202 yards for a healthy average of over 25 yards per completion. Half of his completions went for scores as Adkins tossed four TD passes to four different receivers. Senior Josh Dillon led the receiver group with three catches for 105 yards, including an 88-yard score. Moehrig-Woodard also had a touchdown catch, a 34-yard grab in the 2nd quarter which was his only catch of the game. WR Edwin Martinez and TE Adoryzel Hunter also caught touchdown passes, the first of their careers.
Smithson Valley’s offense piled up 406 yards in Friday’s victory while the Rangers’ defense held Anderson to 177 yards.
The Rangers will head north on I-35 again next week as Smithson Valley closes out non-district play on the road against Round Rock.