Seminoles count on strong O-line

Adam Robison | Buy at photos.djournal.com Neil Knigh and Smithville take on St. Aloysius tonight in the Class 1A North title game.

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Neil Knight and Smithville take on St. Aloysius tonight in the Class 1A North title game.

By Gene Phelps

Daily Journal

Smithville quarterback Drew Lane knows to give credit where credit is due. It makes his job a lot easier … and more productive.

Lane rushed for 80 yards in last Friday’s 14-0 MHSAA Class 1A playoff victory against Shelby Broad Street. His running mate, tailback Tyler Hood, added 183 rushing yards and scored two touchdowns.

“We know our offensive line is going to make holes,” a confident Lane said.

The Seminoles quarterback will be counting on his offensive front again at 7 p.m. today when they travel to Vicksburg St. Aloysius with a North state championship and a berth in the state finals on the line.

Smithville’s people movers are center Matt Morrow, guards Devin McDonald and Daniel Smith, and tackles Joseph Kuykendall and Tanner Fears.

“Our line does a phenomenal job,” Smithville coach Bubba Tacker said. “They make everybody look good.”

Behind the line, Lann makes the zone read attack go with his decisions. He has rushed for 1,100 yards and scored 18 TDs.

“He has experience running the offense,” Tacker said. “He does a really good job with his reads.”

Hood, a former wide receiver, has made the most of his season in the backfield. He has rushed for 1,700 yards and scored 23 TDs.

Defensively, Smithville (10-3) kept Broad Street’s potent offense out of the end zone and forced four turnovers, including two interceptions by Hunter Bennett.

“Our defense plays with a no-quit attitude,” Tacker said. “Our team chemistry is really good.”

Big Flashes

St. Aloysius (9-4) defeated Hamilton 13-12 last week on the road.

The Flashes are led on offense by quarterback Connor Smith, who has rushed for 708 yards and completed 69 of 141 passes for 946 yards.

As a team, they’ve rushed for 2,273 yards with tailback Douglas Busari logging 530 yards and 11 touchdowns.

“They’ve got big linemen,” Tacker said. “They’re a good team, but any team playing for North half is good. They remind me a lot of us. They play really, really hard.”

gene.phelps@journalinc.com