Smithville shuts out Savannah

By Jon Dykstra St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: September 4, 2015 - 10:46 PM

It was no secret what Smithville wanted to do in Savannah on Friday night.

The Warriors used a strong running attack to jump on the Savages early and they ended up with a 31-0 victory over their MEC rival.


“We had a good plan going and and I think our guys executed really well up front,” Smithville coach Jason Ambroson said.

Smithville used Zach Granger to establish the inside rushing attack and after the senior running back pounded his way to two first downs on the opening possession, quarterback Mitch Orr gave his team a lead that would never be threatened thee rest of the game.

Orr scrambled to the left and shot down the sideline for a 37-yard score. A Sam Aviles extra point made the score 7-0.

“My line blocked excellent and when they do that, it opens wide running holes,” Orr said. “The running back got wide running holes, I got wide running holes, I could scramble and its just hard for the defense to react to that.”

While Smithville crushed Savannah on the ground, the home team could not get the same accomplished.

Smithville’s defensive front held strong against Savannah’s inside attack. When they were unable to establish the interior run, Savannah was forced to turn to outside runs and Smithville was able to use its team speed to its advantage and prevent any big plays by Savannah.

Savages fullback Cody Haeker was limited to 10 yards on six carries and star tailback Taylor Gilbert could not find many holes in the Warrior front and only finished with 38 yards on the ground.

With the run game established, Smithville had the luxury of using the pass to catch the defense off guard.

“We were punching them in the mouth so they expecting the run and then we hit them with the quick pass,” Orr said. “So that helped us out a lot.”

Orr found J.D. Benbow deep over the middle for a 37-yard gain and set the offense up at the doorstep of the end zone and a play later, Orr plunged in for a yard out and after a Aviles kick it was 14-0.

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