Smithville blitzes Savannah to stay alive

By Andy Meyer The Smithville Hearald
Posted: October 31, 2012 - 11:30 PM



Zane Wilt zipped down the field, destined for another big gain, when the ball slipped from his hands and into the clutches of a Smithville defender.

Turnovers and penalties plagued the Savages on the way to a 49-21 loss against conference rival

Smithville in a Class 4 District 8 semifinal at Savage Field. Savannah fumbled it away four times and saw its season come to an end against an opportunistic Warriors squad.

“It’s frustrating,” Savannah coach Chad Smith said. “You get a drive going and then you finish it with a fumble and a turnover. But you know, I’ve got to be proud of our kids. They never, ever showed a sign of giving up.”

It was the second meeting this season between the two Midland Empire Conference teams, and the first time around, it was Smithville that kept shooting itself in the foot. The Warriors racked up 15 penalties on the way to a 21-13 loss.

But Smithville (8-3) cleaned up its play and converted the four takeaways into 21 points that only fueled early momentum.

Senior quarterback Cory Marmet tossed a touchdown to Jackson Krull to open the scoring, and the Warriors scored on five of its first seven drives to build a 35-0 lead. For the rest of the story click here. Story courtesy of the St. Joseph News-Press

The painful scene seemingly played out over and over again Wednesday in front of a stunned Savannah crowd.