Smithville impressive in win over Lafayette
By Andy Meyer The Smithville Hearald
Another game, another dominant defensive performance from Smithville.
The Warriors seized the momentum from the outset and never gave it back Friday during a 35-7 victory against Lafayette.
Smithville (4-1, 3-0 Midland Empire Conference) remained undefeated in league play after jumping out to an early lead on its first drive and surrendering just one first down in the first half.
It marks the fourth time in five games that the Warriors have allowed seven points or less, and Smithville coach Jason Ambroson said he’s happy with how the defense has steadily progressed and become a major strength.
“I think they’re learning. I think they’re learning how to depend on each other,” Ambroson said. “And I think their level of trust in each other is pretty high in one another.
“And when you have guys playing with that level of confidence and trust in their teammates, you can do a lot of things.”
The Warriors bolted to an early advantage on their first drive, which culminated with tight end Jake Bohlken’s 12-yard scoring reception from Mitch Orr.
Needing an answer, the Fighting Irish couldn’t quite seem to find their rhythm against Smithville’s swarming defense and had to settle for three-and-outs on their first three possessions.
Lafayette coach Bart Hardy said his squad just needed one sustained drive or a big play to switch the momentum during the early stages, but said Smithville’s physicality made it difficult to get things going.
“I think we were ready to go, but we needed a little spark there,” Hardy said. “And we couldn’t find that spark to kind of get going a little bit.
“We just couldn’t quite get it clicking.”
The Warriors seemed to thrive on the defensive stops and scored on back-to-back possessions in the second quarter — including a touchdown run by Zach Granger and another Bohlken’s touchdown snag.
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