Smithville tops St. Joe Benton to stay perfect
By Kaleb Huffman The St. Joseph News-Press
The Smithville Warriors hadn’t trailed on the scoreboard through the first three games of the season.
Thursday night was no different as the Warriors defeated the Benton Cardinals 29-6 at Sparks Field in a Midland Empire Conference tilt.
On second-and-goal on the Warriors’ opening drive, running back Jake Boyd plunged in from 1 yard out for his first of three touchdown runs on the evening, giving the Warriors an early 7-0 lead.
Boyd finished the game with 119 yards rushing on 24 totes.
The Cardinals were driving for the equalizer after a Warriors onside kick attempt. Both of the Warriors’ regular kickers had a soccer game and were unavailable.
On fourth-and-goal from the 15-yard line, Cardinals quarterback Cooper Burton lofted a pass to junior running back Derrien Parks.
He appeared to be alone, but Warriors sophomore defensive back Brady Walker closed and knocked the ball away from Parks, thwarting the Cardinals’ hopes of a score.
Burton hit sophomore wide receiver Chase Petersen for a 12-yard score 1 minute, 32 seconds before half. The Cardinals’ extra point attempt failed and the Warriors still held the advantage, 7-6.
The Warriors got the ball back and scored on a four-play, 49-second drive. Sophomore quarterback Kellen Simoncic hit junior receiver Jacob Perez for the big play of the drive on a 39-yard hookup.
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