Smithville stays how with win over LeBlond
By The St. Joseph News-Press Staff
In a matter of moments, Mitch Orr came up with a pair of big plays, and from there No. 10-ranked Smithville never looked back.
The Warriors quarterback blocked a field goal attempt and then threw the first of two touchdown passes to help pull away for a 35-7 victory over Bishop LeBlond at Eagle Stadium.
The victory allows Smithville to escape what could’ve been a trap game, with Class 3 No. 2-ranked Maryville looming next week in what essentially boils down to the Midland Empire Conference championship.
First-year Warriors coach Jason Ambroson knew his team had to hit the road and take care of the business at hand — the Golden Eagles.
In the early portion of the first quarter, the usual stingy Smithville forced a LeBlond punt, but Orr was unable to field the punt and it fell to the turf.
The Golden Eagles (3-3, 1-3 MEC) recovered and quickly moved into the end zone on a pass interference call. LeBlond wasn’t able to capitalize and Wade Metcalf attempted a field goal attempt, but Orr broke through the line to block it.
The senior even further redeemed himself seconds later.
Orr — who threw for a season-high 192 yards — found Tanner Hartman open near the LeBlond sideline and he outran the defense for a 68-yard touchdown.
“The defense did a good job of getting a turnover and blocking the field goal,” Ambroson said. “I felt like that turned the tide. We went down and scored after that and I felt good about the game after that.”
Smithville (5-1, 4-0) extended the lead to 14-0 when Orr’s 32-yard run helped set up J.D. Benbow’s 12-yard run.
Jake Boyd added a 15-yard scoring run early in the second quarter before Orr’s arm set up the final scoring play of the first half.
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