SMYRNA — Smyrna broke a 14-game losing streak to Murfreesboro programs, but lost backup running back Deven Sims for the season in a 45-7 rout of Siegel.
Casey Perkins rushed for 122 yards and four touchdowns in the first half to pace the Bulldogs (5-1, 3-0 2-6A). Perkins didn’t play in the second half after getting sick.
“He’s buying into the coaching,” Smyrna coach Matt Williams said. “He is doing the extra work with our running backs coach (Justin) Morton.
“I think he’s doing what he needs to do to be successful for our team.”
Perkins scored on touchdown runs of 13, 1, 31 and 4 to help Smyrna build a 28-7 lead with 8:21 left in the second quarter.
Jordan Middleton’s 5-yard TD run gave Siegel (0-6, 0-3) its lone points of the night.
Quarterback John Turner added a 9-yard TD run with 3:39 left in the half. After a Siegel three-and-out, the Bulldogs drove 74 yards on 11 plays, scoring on Turner’s 25-yard pass to Nathan Sanders.
“We were able to move the ball well on them both run and pass,” said Turner, who threw for 267 yards. “And our offensive line had a great game.”
Smyrna finished with 457 total yards, including 190 rushing yards on 32 carries. Siegel entered the game giving up more than 400 per game on the ground.
Siegel, which began the year in a 3-4, moved back to an even front for the second week.
“We’re just trying to simplify and get better,” Siegel coach Greg Wyant said.
Smyrna honored former Bulldog and Mr. Football winner Adam Smotherman at halftime. Smotherman, who went on to play at Vanderbilt and is an assistant strength coach for the Clemson football program, had his jersey retired.