Smithville rides strong second half to win
By Cole Young PrepsKC staff writer
As Smithville running back Zach Parmenter powered into the end zone on the opening drive of the second half, there was a sense of relief for the Warriors.
It was that drive that awoke the Warriors who beat Pleasant Hill in a non-conference opener 24-3 in Pleasant Hill.
Before that touchdown run by Parmenter, things had been ugly for Smithville – and for that matter the Roosters as well.
Pleasant Hill led 3-0 at halftime after the two young teams combined for five turnovers in the opening two quarters of the 2012 season.
“We kind of felt tense in the second quarter when we couldn’t catch a break,” Smithville coach Greg Smith said. “We were expecting greatness and that wasn’t happening. That’s a tribute though to Pleasant Hill’s kids and the way they play.”
That opening drive of the second half wasn’t the first time the Warriors had been able to move the ball down field. Twice in the first half Smithville moved deep into Rooster territory before penalties and turnovers killed those drives.
“It felt good to finally get into the end zone,” said Parmenter. “We knew we weren’t the team we showed in the first half.”
Parmenter finished the game with 179 yards on 22 carries. He also converted three extra points and hit a 34-yard field goal.
Following the first score, Smithville quarterback Cory Marmet kept the momentum up for the Warriors. On the next drive he took a draw play 66 yards weaving around the defense to give Smithville a 14-3 lead.
A field goal from Parmenter and a touchdown run by Parker Bealue wrapped up the scoring.
That was more than enough scoring with the way the Smithville defense played. In addition to forcing four turnovers they held the Roosters to under 150 yards of total offense.
“We put them in a couple short fields and they really responded giving up just three points,” Smith said. “Coach (Darren) Shaffer had a good scheme for our guys.”
Pleasant Hill picked up its points in the final two minutes of the first half. After recovering a Smithville fumble on the Smithville 20 their drive stalled. Sam Sherwood knocked in a 27-yard field goal for the only score of the first half.
“At the time we felt pretty good about having a 3-0 lead,” Pleasant Hill coach Kyle Roach said. “The more we thought about it the more we realized we probably should have been up 10-0 or 17-0.”
A pair of other potential scores were thwarted by turnovers and penalties. In the second quarter the Roosters fumbled the ball into the end zone and later had a 38-yard touchdown pass called back for a hold.
Maurice Lang led the offense for Pleasant Hill with 81 yards on 13 carries.
Despite the loss, Roach said he was happy with the way his young team matched the physical play by the Warriors.
“We showed some signs of brilliance at different points,” Roach said. “The problem was , we just weren’t consistent enough.”
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