Smyrna defense shuts down Antioch

Smyrna defense shuts down Antioch


Smyrna defense shuts down Antioch


Suffocating. Stifling. Impenetrable.

That was the way Smyrna’s defense played, especially in the first half as the Bulldogs defeated Antioch 27-6 Friday night.

Smyrna (3-0) limited Antioch (0-3) to 48 yards in the first half and four first downs. The Bears wound up with 128 total yards, but most came in the second half after Smyrna had began substituting defensive players.

“We were going to come out and play hard every down,” Smyrna defensive back D.J. Williams said. “We’ve got excellent coaches who study film, and we game planned them all week.

Antioch primarily had run the option in its first two games, but the Bears came out in an I-formation on Friday. However, the Smyrna defense was not fooled, stuffing the run attempts and holding quarterback Raekwon Hosey to 18 yards in the first half.

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Smyrna also forced two turnovers in the first half, recording one fumble recovery and one interception.

“I was proud of our defense,” Smyrna coach Matt Williams said. “They came out and did something they haven’t shown in the last three or four years. We practiced option football all week, and they (Antioch) came out in an I-formation, but our kids did a pretty good job adjusting. We didn’t practice any of that all week.”

Smyrna’s strong defense set it up for its first score. After stopping Antioch on a fourth-down attempt, the Bulldogs took over at the Antioch 38. Twelve plays later, Devin Smith scored on a 1-yard run.

Devin wound up with 48 yards on 11 rushes, and teammate Kyle Smith had seven rushes for 33 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown. Kyle Smith also had a 79-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

“I was extremely proud of both of them,” Williams said. “Devin’s done a great job, earned the carries, and he’s a tough runner. Kyle continues to be a spark plug for us. We needed a momentum swing, and he did it for us with a big kickoff return.”

Kyle Smith’s return came right after Antioch’s only score — on a reverse pass to end the third quarter.


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