Growing Smithville upends Coldwater

By Brandon Speck/Monroe Journal

SMITHVILLE – Smithville is watching itself grow up.

Friday in a 42-34 win against Coldwater, the Seminoles saw a few offensive changes aid a Division 1-1A win.

J.T. Pitts moved from the backfield to receiver and freshman Tristan Hawkins took to the backfield, combing for four touchdowns in the win.

Smithville improved to 3-3 on the season, 3-1 in Division 1-1A.

“We changed up some stuff,” Smithville coach Bubba Tacker said. “They bought into it and it showed tonight. It was our goal to take it one step at a time from here on out and see what we can do.”

Trailing 24-12, Coldwater made its charge in the third quarter, scoring three times within 3 minutes, 21 seconds.

Lavell Dishman ran the kick back 55 yards for a score before a turnover led to Moore’s 40-yard run 31 seconds later. Randall Lipford then scooped up a fumble and went 70 yards. After a two-point run by Antjuan Moore, Coldwater led 34-24.

Smithville responded, scoring two before the quarter ended, one on a 15-yard pass from Drew Lann to Pitts and another on Turner Sanderson’s 4-yard run to give Smithville a 36-34 lead.

The Seminoles sealed it in the fourth on Hawkins’ 12-yard run.

“We’ve got a bunch of kids growing up,” Tacker said. “We’ve still got the same young kids. They’re just growing up, learning the system, doing about all they can do right now.”

Smithville scored first on Hawkins’ 71-yard touchdown pass to Pitts 19 seconds into the game. After Moore tied things at 6 on a 53-yard run, Turner Sanderson scored from three yards out for a 12-6 Smithville lead after a quarter.

The three touchdowns came in the first 2 minutes, 34 seconds of the game.

Smithville doubled the lead in the second, scoring on Tyler Hood’s runs of 30 and 7 yards. Moore also had a 49-yard pass to Devin Leverson in the quarter.

“We moved a freshman to the backfield and he made some great runs,” Tacker said of Hawkins. “We moved J.T. Pitts to wideout and he made some great catches. Really I guess those two moved balanced our offense and opened some things for us.”