SMITHVILLE – Smithville’s defense made a second-half stand to bring home its first playoff win in three seasons.
Down 20-8 at the half, the Seminoles stormed back to take a third-quarter lead and shut out Shaw for a 22-20 win.
“Our defense was stonewall in the second half, and I felt pumped when we made that final stand,” said senior running back Tyler Hood, who had 219 yards on 17 carries. “It feels great for us to finally get this playoff win.”
On its second possession of the game, Shaw (8-4) capped off a 74-yard drive with a three-yard scoring run from Reggie Scott.
Smithville (9-3) answered on the first play of its next possession when Tyler Hood broke free for a 66-yard score.
Shaw went back on top two plays later with quarterback Andre Pruitt’s 59-yard TD run for a 14-8 lead. Pruitt added a 34-yard score in the second quarter to stretch the lead to 20-8. Smithville threatened near the beginning of the period but were stopped on fourth down at the Hawks 2.
Smithville opened the second half to take the lead on 14 unanswered points on a 17-yard run from Drew Lann and a 33-yard score from Dee Moore. Shaw missed a possible go-ahead field goal with 1:30 left in the game.
“This is the best effort I’ve seen out of this group of guys,” Smithville coach Bubba Tacker said. “The second half was phenomenal, and I just feel blessed to be part of it.”
Smithville goes on the road to Shelby Broad Street for its second-round matchup.