by Ryan Nixon
Smith County vs Sequatchie County – Friday, October 4, 2019
The Smith County Owls were able to get a big win over region opponent Sequatchie County Indians on Friday night, winning 38-19.
The Owls started early, with the offense getting started on the first drive of the game, scoring on a Cameron Spivey rush from inside the 5 to go up 7-0.
The Owls defense forced a fumble on the Indians first offensive drive, which Spivey scooped up for a nearly 50 yard touchdown to take a 14-0 lead.
Sequatche County took a long drive down to inside the Owls 15, but Smith County was able to stop them and force a turnover on downs. This gave the Owls the ball back with 10 minutes left in the 2nd quarter.
Smith County pieced together a couple big plays to cross midfield, but an interception stopped their momentum and gave the Indians the ball. The Owls defense was able to keep up their intensity and force a three and out.
The Owls offense was able to make up for their turnover, driving nearly 90 yards, scoring on a 35 yard touchdown pass from Spivey to Eli Martin. This wrapped up the scoring for the first half with the Owls taking a 21-0 lead into halftime.
Sequatchie County came out strong to start the second half, scoring a touchdown on the first drive of the half to narrow the Owls lead to 21-7. The Indians forced an interception on the next Smith County drive to get the ball back near half field.
The Indians drove down the field, scoring with just under two minutes left in the third quarter to narrow the gap to 21-13, but the Owls were able to block the extra point attempt.
The Owls were able to drive down, breaking off a long run by John Ross Hord on the first play of the fourth quarter to stop the Sequatchie momentum. This extended the Owls lead to 28-13.
Smith County forced a three and out on Sequatchie’s ensuing drive, but fumbled on the next play to give the Indians the ball back at the Owls’ 45 yard line.
The Smith County defense stepped up and forced a turnover on downs to get the ball back with just over seven minutes left in the game. Hord was able to break off a 45 yard rush for a touchdown a few plays later to bring their lead to 35-13 with 5:45 left in the game.
Eli Martin intercepted the ball on the next play of the game to give the Owls possession with just over 5 minutes left in the game. Cameron Spivey broke off a run for nearly 40 yards to the Indians 13 yard line two plays later. The Owl offense stalled out but was able to put points on the board with a 30 yard field goal to extend the lead to 38-13 with 3 minutes left in the game. The Indians tacked on one more score, scoring with 2 seconds left to make the score 38-19.
The Owls will travel to DeKalb County next week, October 12th.