By Melissa Meador
SMITHVILLE – After last week’s season opener against Belmont, one goal was apparent for Smithville: reduce turnovers.
The Seminoles did just that and got their ground game working behind senior quarterback Drew Lann and running back Tyler Hood for a 49-18 win over county rival Hatley.
“Last week was rough. We expected some mistakes with it being the first game, but we had more than we wanted to,” Lann said. “Tonight was a bit of a redemption.”
Hood put the Seminoles (2-0) in the end zone just 20 seconds in with his 35-yard scoring run.
Hatley (0-2) would answer near the end of the first quarter with a 14-yard TD run from Deion Hampton set up by a 37-yard connection from Jonathan Waycaster to Houston Woodman.
The Seminoles would pull away for the rest of the first half behind Lann. The third-year starting QB found the end zone near the end of the first quarter on a 37-yard run and added a 10-yard keeper four minutes into the second quarter.
Waycaster’s 19-yard scoring run cut the score to 22-12, but Hood’s 9-yard run and a 32-yard pick six from Austin Craig put Smithville up 37-12 as the Seminoles defense stopped Waycaster at the 3-yard line to end the half.
“This was a typical Hatley and Smithville rivalry. Emotions are always high,” Smithville coach Bubba Tacker said. “The defense has played really well so far this season.”
The two exchanged scores in the third quarter with another score from Lann, this one from 11 yards out, while Waycaster caught Houston Woodman for a 58-yard scoring strike.
Dee Moore capped off the scoring for Smithville with a 1-yard run with 8 minutes to go.
Hood finished with 168 yards on the ground, while Lann added another 76 yards and three scores.
“I thought we competed hard but defensively we have to get better,” first-year Hatley coach Patrick Schoolar said. “But we have our first home game next week and are looking for our first win.”