Chillicothe hands Smithville its first loss

By Scott Murphy News-Press Now
Posted: October 6, 2017 - 11:50 PM

It was a battle of defenses when the Class 3 5th-ranked Chillicothe Hornets visited Class 4 8th-ranked Smithville Warriors.

In a game that lived up to the billing, the Hornet’s scored the winning touchdown with 20 seconds left in the game to defeat the Warriors 14-7 in a hard-fought Midland Empire Conference contest.

Chillicothe took over with 4 minutes, 38 seconds left to go in the game. On third down from their own 33-yard line, it looked as though another drive would stall, but a defensive pass interference call gave the Hornets a first down.

Josh Kille and fellow senior running back Brett Shaffer followed their big offensive lineman down the field until Kille scored his second touchdown of the night, a 5-yard run, with little time left on the clock.

Chillicothe (7-1, 4-1 MEC), which trailed 7-0 at the half, handed Smithville (7-1, 4-1 MEC) its first loss of the season.

A game like this is won in the trenches, and Chillicothe’s line was up to the challenge on offense and defense.

“They’ve been solid for us all year,” coach Phil Willard said of his big men. “They’ve just done their job and they play hard.”

On defense, especially in the second half, they were able to limit the damage that Warrior running back Isaac Miller could do.

“He’s one of the best backs we’ve seen all year,” Willard said of Miller. “We knew we were going to have to play position defense and tackle well and that’s all it was.”

Mission accomplished.

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