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Gordonsville wins Region 4A championship in 20-13 comeback against Monterey

The Gordonsville Tigers won the region 4A championship on Friday night, beating Monterey 20-13.

The Gordonsville Tigers started off slow, with a Gordonsville turnover giving Monterey the ball in good position to take a 7-0 lead with 6:45 left in the first quarter. 

The Gordonsville Tigers were unable to get anything going on the ensuing drive, with their drive stalling out and turning the ball over on downs at midfield. Monterey drove down and scored a touchdown  but missed the extra point to take a 13-0 lead in the first quarter.

The Gordonsville Tigers were able to narrow the gap midway through the second quarter off of a Matthew Albritton to Landon Baker touchdown to make the score 13-7.

The Tigers defense stepped up and got the ball back, and Gordonsville was able to score another long touchdown as Albritton connected with Michael McKinley for a 43 yard touchdown with 2:31 left in the first half.

Monterey drove down to inside the 10 on the following drive, but a failed fake field goal allowed Gordonsville to take a one point lead into halftime.

Both defenses slugged it out in the second quarter, with neither team able to get on the scoreboard until late in the 4th quarter. 

Gordonsville took a long drive down field, and struck on a rush by Darrel Holt, but a missed PAT made the Tigers lead 20-13 with just under 4 minutes in the game.

Monterey was able to make their way down field to the 40 yard line, but the Tigers defense stepped up and stopped Monterey on fourth down to take the ball back with 20 seconds left and run the clock out.

What’s next for the Tigers?

The Gordonsville Tigers will host the Whitwell Tigers on November 6th in the first round of the playoffs.

The Smith County Owls win regular season finale 15-0 over Grundy County

The Smith County Owls traveled to Grundy County on Friday night, winning in a low scoring affair 15-0.

Neither team was able to get anything going on the first quarter, but the Owls struck first in the second quarter with DJ Burk running it in from 5 yards out, taking a 6-0 lead.

Johnny Lyda was able to get an interception, and the Owls offense drove down inside the 10 and Rodriguez hit a 29 yard field goal to give the Owls a 9-0 lead, which is what the score .

The Smith County Owls were able to add some more points on to the scoreboard in the second half, with Rodriguez hitting his second field goal of the night to extend the score to 12-0 off of a 35 yard field goal.

Neither team was able to get anything going, for the rest of the 3rd quarter, but Smith County forced a fumble with just under 10 minutes left in the game to take over at the Grundy 23 yard line. The Owls offense couldn’t get much going, but were able to get on the scoreboard as Rodriguez hit a 39 yard field goal to take a 15-0 lead.

Smith County was able to stop the Grundy County offense and get the ball back with 4 minutes left in the game. Grundy was able to get the ball back, but it was too little too late to get anything going and the Smith County Owls were able to win 15-0.

What’s next for the Owls?

The Smith County Owls will host the Brainerd Panthers next week on November 6th in the first round of the playoffs.

Gordonsville homecoming game called early in win against Jo Byrnes 30-6

Gordonsville got started early, taking the ball downfield on a long drive that saw the Tigers find the endzone on a 27 yard touchdown pass from Matthew Albritton to Tyler Gregory, but a missed PAT put the Tigers up 6-0.

Both teams took a lot of time off on their ensuing drives but were unable to find the endzone until halfway through the second quarter. Darrel Holt was able to break off an 82 yard touchdown run, and Holt converted the two point conversion to go up 14-0.

Jo Byrnes was able to answer, driving downfield and scoring as time expired. The Tigers were able to block the field goal, to take a 14-6 lead into halftime.

With heavy rain starting at halftime, Gordonsville was able to answer back at the start of the second half, stopping the Panthers on 4th and 6 at midfield, and then driving down and scoring off a 27 yard touchdown pass from Albritton to Landon Baker, and then converted the two point conversion to go ahead 22-6.

Gordonsville’s next possession saw them find the endzone after Holt broke off a 30 yard run to the goal line and then run it in from a couple yards out. The two point conversion attempt was successful, and the game entered a lightning delay immediately after. The game was then called due to lightning, and the Tigers won 30-6.

What’s next for the Tigers?

Gordonsville will wrap up their regular season next week by traveling to take on Monterey.

Smith County Owls lose 39-10 at Stone Memorial

The Smith County Owls trip didn’t go as they would have liked, as they lost to the Stone Memorial Panthers 39-10.

The Owls went down early, giving up a touchdown on a 37 yard rush on the 4th play of the game to go down 7-0. 

The Owls were unable to get anything going, punting on 3 downs. Stone Memorial was able to drive down easily and score again going up 14-0 with 5 minutes. The Owls were able to get a little going on their next drive, as they drove down field 55 yards and Salomon Rodriguez hit a  36 yard field goal to narrow the gap to 14-3 with 10 minutes in the half.

Caleb Crawford got an interception around midfield and the Owls offense was making their way downfield but Stone Memorial was able to stop the owls on 4th down at the 24. The panthers drove down field and took a 21-3 lead midway through the 2nd quarter. This lead carried to the end of the half. 

The Owls second half started strong, scoring just 19 seconds into the second half off of a 57 yard touchdown run by Josh Allen, and were able to stop the Panthers next drive. The Owls were unable to get anything going, and Stone Memorial scored two touchdowns off long rushes of 70 and 33 yards respectively. 

Stone Memorial was able to stop the Owls for the remainder of the game, and tacked on another touchdown in the fourth quarter to win 39-10.

What’s next for the Owls?

The Owls will close out their regular season on the road next week when they travel to Grundy County on October 30th

Gordonsville Tigers win 21-14 over Fayetteville despite early struggles

The Gordonsville Tigers long road trip to Fayetteville started off on the wrong foot, with the Tigers going down 8-0 just over a minute and a half into the game.

The Tigers were unable to bounce back in the first quarter, with Fayetteville scoring to start the second quarter and put Gordonsville down 14-0.

Gordonsville was able to narrow the gap with 5 minutes left in the first half off of a 1 yard rush by Tyler Gregory to make it 14-7.

Gordonsville was able to tie it up in the second half, when Tyler Gregory ran it in from six yards out to make the score 14-14 with 7 minutes left in the third quarter. 

The Tigers were able to complete the comeback and take the lead after a deep pass from Matthew Albritton to Landon Baker set the Tigers in good position and Gregory was able to run it in for his 3rd touchdown of the night to give Gordonsville a 21-14 lead, which they were able to hold onto and win the game to advance to 5-2 on the year.

What’s next for the Tigers?

The Tigers will host Jo Burns next week 10/23 for their last home game of the year.

Burke’s 5 touchdowns lead Owls to 39-7 win over Cannon

The Owls were able to get a big win over Cannon County on Friday night, winning 39-7 on the road.

Both teams started off with failed drives, despite Smith County driving to near midfield. The Owls were forced to punt.

Three plays later the Owls defense was able to get on the scoreboard with  fumble recovery scoop and score late in the first quarter by DJ Burke but a missed PAT only put the Owls up 6-0.

The Owls were able to get the ball back on the kickoff following a muffed kickoff return, but the Owls were unable to get anything going and their field goal attempt was blocked by Cannon County.

The Owls offense was able to get going again late in the second quarter, with Burke running it in from a yard out for a touchdown, and Smith County’s two point conversion failed to make the score 12-0 with 1:29 left in the half.

The Owls were able to extend their lead in the second half, as DJ Burke ran it in from a couple yards out with 4:29 left in the third to make the score 19-0, but Cannon County was able to find the endzone themselves with 10 seconds left in the quarter to make it 19-7. 

Cannon County recovered their onside kick attempt and gain a couple first downs, but a fumble that was scooped up and penalties gave the Owls the ball at the 30 yard line. 

Burke ran it in for a score to take a 26-6 lead. The Owls were able to force a couple turnovers in the fourth, with Burke scoring his 5th touchdown of the night from a couple yards out and Ryne Martin scoring a 60 yard touchdown with 25 seconds left in the game to wrap the Owls game up at 39-7.

What’s next for the Owls?

The Owls will travel to Stone Memorial next week, 10/23

Smith County Lady Owls Win 2020 District 7A Championship

2020 Smith County Lady Owls, Managers, and Coaches

The Smith County Lady Owls Soccer Team has earned their third District 7A championship in four years.  Thursday, October 15, 2020, they won a hard-fought battle against Cannon County to win the District.  Previously on Tuesday, Smith County defeated Watertown in the semifinal while Cannon had shut down York on the same night.

Tuesday, October 20, Smith County will enter Regional play at home against East Robertson while Cannon will travel to face Merrol Hyde.

Head Coach Nicholus Bussell was awarded District Coach of the Year.  This was well deserved since he and his staff led an undefeated team through a full season in the current environment of Covid 19 and won the Championship as the cherry on top.

L-R: Kylie Jenkins, Anna Vining, Ciara Jackson, Brennan Rigsby, Allexis West, Biz Davis. Seated: Brianna Solomon

Smith County also brought home four first-team awards. Goalie Junior Anna Vining, Senior Brennan Rigsby, Junior Biz Davis, and 8th grader Kylie Jenkins.  Second team Lady Owls were Senior Allexis West, and Sophomore Ciara Jackson.  The District MVP was Sophomore Lady Owl Brianna Solomon.  It is worthy to note that this team is so full of pure talent across the board that it could be a first-team as a whole.  The chemistry, support, selflessness, skill, attitude, and drive of every player is just so special.  If you have missed out on witnessing them play, you will want to definitely come support them on Tuesday.  This is truly #OneTeam!

Smith County Owls fall to Dekalb on Senior Night, losing 42-7

The Owls lost 42-7 against the Dekalb County Tigers on Senior night. The loss puts the Owls at 2-5 on the year overall, and 2-2 in their region.

The Smith County Owls started off slow with neither team able to get anything going on their first drive, but the Owls went down 7-0 off a DeKalb run mid way through the first quarter. The Smith County offense wasn’t able to answer back, being forced to punt on three downs. The Tigers were able to drive down the field and score just 6 seconds into the second quarter to extend their lead to 14-0 

Smith County answered back on the next drive following a 42 yard rush by Johnny Lyda for a touchdown to narrow the gap to 14-7 with 9:45 left in the first half.

The Dekalb County offense drove down field and ran it in from 10 yards out to take a 21-7 lead with 7:46 left in the first half. Smith County couldn’t get anything going, and the Tigers were able to block the punt to get the ball in great position at the 24 yard line, and Dekalb was able to take advantage to go ahead 28-7 with 5 minutes left in the second quarter, which remained the score for the rest of the first half.

The Tigers scored just 24 seconds into the second half off of an 83 yard touchdown run to take a 35-7 lead. Dekalb kept their foot on the gas, scoring another long touchdown to take a 42-7 lead with 5:29 left in the third quarter. The thirty-five point lead led to the clock running for the rest of the game, and neither team was able to score for the rest of the game.

What’s next for the Owls?

Smith County will look to bounce back next week as they travel to Cannon County on 10/16.

Gordonsville rolls over Red Boiling Springs, 56-7

The Gordonsville Tigers got the job done on Friday night against the Red Boiling Springs Bulldogs, winning 56-7 at home.

Gordonsville got the scoring going early, scoring from a 40 yard touchdown pass from Tyler Gregory to Wyatt Pemberton with in the first minute and a half of the game, but a missed PAT kept the score at 6-0.

The Tigers found the end zone again with 5 minutes left in the first quarter off of a 8 yard Darrel Holt run to make the score 13-0, and then scoring two more touchdowns in the next four minutes in the form of a 43 yard touchdown pass from Matthew Albritton to Andrew Vaden and another Holt rush for a touchdown to make the score 27-0 in the first quarter.

The Tigers offense was able to keep the scoring going in the second half,  with Tyler Gregory running it in on a quarterback keeper, but a bad snap on the PAT kept the score at 33-0. 

Gordonsville was able to find the end zone three minutes later off of a 40 yard rush by Michael McKinley for a touchdown to advance the lead to 40-0 in the second quarter and wrap uo the scoring in the first half.

With the clock running, due to the score difference neither team scored in the third quarter, but Gordonsville made their way back to the end zone in the fourth off a Austin Schaeffer touchdown run from a couple yards out to put the Tigers ahead 47-0.

Three minutes later the Tigers were able to force a safety as Drew Agee sacked the quarterback, making the score 49-0. Kyle Adams scored on the ensuing drive on a 32 yard run off of a quarterback keeper  to make the score 56-0. 

Red Boiling Springs notched a touchdown in the closing minutes of the game to avoid the shut out, but the winner had been decided a long time before that, with the Tigers advancing to 4-2

What’s next for the Tigers? 

The Tigers will have a bye week next week before traveling to Fayetteville on 10/16

Smith County has strong second half to win 24-16 over Sequatchie County

The Smith County Owls won 24-16 on the long trip down to take on the Sequatchie County Indians on Friday night.

The Owls offense got started early, taking a long drive and finding the end zone  off a Colton Windham run and 2 pt conversion from Johnny Lyda to DJ Burk to go up 8-0 with 5:24 left in the first.

The Indians bounced back, and looked on the brink of scoring themselves but the owls were able to force a turnover on downs at the goal line to get the ball back.  The Owls offense couldn’t bounce back with a score, being forced to punt back, and this time Sequatchie was able to get back inside the 5, but the Owls forced a fumble to get the ball back. 

The Owls offense was forced to punt again, and this time Sequatchie bounced back and found the end zone on their third possession as the Indians quarterback ran it in and tied it up following a two point conversion to make it 8-8 with a little over 7 minutes left in the first half. Sequatchie was able to strike again after stopping the Owls, scoring and converting another two point conversion to take a 16-8 lead with 3:23 left in the second quarter

Early in the second half the Smith County offense looked as if they were going to tie it up, but after they were forced to give the ball back to Sequatchie County, the Owls were able to get the scoring going by getting a safety to narrow the score 10-16. The Owls looked in good position to score on the following drive, but a fumble inside the 5 gave the Indians the ball back. The Owls defense stopped the Indians on three downs, and Smith County found the end zone three plays later as Lyda ran it in to tie it and the PAT gave the Owls a 17-16 lead with 10 minutes left in the game

The Owls defense kept up their momentum, stopping the Indians again, and the Owls offense able to get down to the 25 yard line, but a turnover on downs gave the Indians the ball back midway through the fourth quarter. The Smith County defense did their job again and forced a punt on three downs.

The Owls were able to provide a crucial blow, as Burk was able to break a 54 yard run to get to the 6 yard line, with Burk running it in 2 plays later to take a 24-16 lead following the PAT with 3:23 left in the game.

The Owls were able to squash any hopes the Indians had at coming back, getting a big stop on fourth down to get the ball back with 1:26 left and Smith County was able to kneel and run out the clock.

What’s next for the Owls?

The Owls will host DeKalb County next week for their Senior night on 10-9

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