Smithville rolls over Warrensburg

Jeff Stead/PrepsKC

By SJ Munoz PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: November 23, 2018 - 11:20 AM

Following dramatic victories in three of their last four games, Smithville was dominant in all aspects of a 45-6 win over Warrensburg in Class 4 playoff action on Friday night in Smithville.

“Our team's been really resilient all year and we've found different ways to win," Smithville head coach Jason Ambroson said. "Warrensburg is a good football team and they got after us. We just had to find ways to score the ball. The kids were really creative and played with great physicality and emotion. It was just a great team effort."

The Warriors (12-1) were in control from the opening kickoff and took their first lead of the game on a 28-yard field goal by Evan Verhulst with 7:03 to play in the first.

Garrett Thompson's interception, which he returned to the Warrensburg 34, setup the next Smithville score as Brian Boyd rumbled for 19 yards with 1:25 left in the first to put the Warriors on top 10-0.

The lead grew to 17 on a 42-yard pass from Kellen Simoncic to Thompson with less than four minutes to play in the half.

Smithville put a cap on the quarter with another interception which led to a TD pass of 39 yards (again from Simoncic to Thompson) giving the home team a 24-0 lead at the break.

Less than two minutes into the second half, Smithville scored once more. The Warriors were forced to punt but came up with a fumble recovery on the play at their own 49. Just one play later, Boyd scored his second rushing TD of the game to make it 31-0.

Another takeaway led to another Smithville TD as Isaac Miller scored on a four-yard run to put the Warriors ahead 38-0 with 7:51 left in the third.

Smithville added one more touchdown pass in the third and took a 45-point lead into the final 12 minutes.

The Tigers (9-4) avoided the shutout with a fourth-quarter touchdown as Ejyah Sheridan sprinted for 60 yards to get Warrensburg on the board.

"We've played a really good schedule and we've played well," Ambroson said. "That's a tribute to the coaching staff and the kids. We had a great week of practice, we were dialed in. I'm lucky to be the coach of this team because I work with great people and I have great kids."

Smithville awaits the winner of MICDS and Hannibal in the semifinals.

If Hannibal wins the Warriors will host a Class 4 semifinal next Saturday.