Smithville tops Pleasant Hill

By Joe Caronia PrepsKC Staff Writer
Posted: August 20, 2017 - 11:18 AM

Smithville opened its season with an impressive 33-15 victory over the Pleasant Hill Roosters. The game was delayed 45 minutes due to weather. Roosters’ head coach Greg Smith said of the delay, “The kids were focused and ready to go and we had to shut them down.”

The Warriors had the first two scores of the game. Hugh Beck had 3-yard touchdown run up the middle. That was followed by a 7-yard strike on 4th and goal from Kellen Simoncic to Garrett Thompson. Ben Keesee was good on one of the PAT’s and the Warriors were up 13-0.

The Roosters cut into the lead when Cody Faust returned an interception 24 yards for a pick 6. Game Hodge converted the kick bringing the score to 13-7.

The Warriors struck again as Issac Miller out ran the defense for a 35-yard score and with the Keesee kick being good the Warriors held a 20-7 lead.

Beck found the end zone again from 4 yards out. The conversion was good and Warriors were up 27-7.

The Roosters tightened things up when Faust to a direct snap and scored on a 4-yard run. Faust also took the snap and converted the 2-point conversion.

In the fourth quarter the Roosters, held the Warriors on downs to get the ball back. The drove to the Warriors 251yard line and fumbled. The Warriors took over at 7:02 of the fourth quarter and held the ball until Brian Boyd scored on a 9-yard run, with 1:48 left in the game. Keesee had the final point of the game.

Simoncic talked about the final drive.

“We wanted to hold the ball for the whole seven minutes” Simoncic said. “But we took a shot on the Go Ball and he, (Thompson), made a great catch. The line did a great job and we were able to score.”

After the game Warriors head coach Jason Ambroson was pleased with all phases of his teams play starting with the clinching drive.

We want to be physical, go to the line of scrimmage, and snap the ball, control the line of scrimmage late in the ball game,” Ambroson said. “The kids take what you do and be successful. It’s all the kids. Defensively, I was happy with our effort but upset with the penalties. But that’s good if you can make mistakes and overcome them and learn from them, that makes for a lot of room for growth from our football team.”

Bryan Boyd who came off the bench to score the last touchdown, smiled proudly and said, “It felt pretty nice getting in the end zone for the first time in a varsity game.”

The Warriors will travel to take on the Winnetonka Griffins next week.

Pleasant Hill will also be on the road against Moberly.