MT. JULIET-- Smyrna High School took care of business early by jumping out to a 36-0 lead early and kept piling on in a 56-23 win over Green Hill High School.
That did not stop the Green Hill Hawks from attempting to claw back as it scored 23 points in the latter half of the game.
Smyrna got off to such a fast start on the backs of quarterback Landon Miller and running back Arion Carter.
The Bulldogs opened with a quick five-play 70-yard drive that resulted in a 21-yard touchdown pass from Miller to KJ Whitney.
Smyrna got the ball back quickly after Chase Nordstrom of Green Hill was picked off by Emerson Combs.
The result was a quick drive by the Bulldogs that was capped off by Arion Carter’s 11-yard touchdown run.
Green Hill failed to get anything going on offense early, while their defense was unable to stop the high-powered offense of Smyrna.
The Smyrna offense was able to continue their success through the air in the second quarter with back-to-back touchdowns from Miller to Combs on passes totaling 40 and 38 yards.
Arion Carter ran in his second of three touchdowns on the night with 1:34 remaining in the quarter to make the score 36-0.
“I thought offensively we did a lot of good things and we had some guys make some huge plays for us,” Smyrna coach Matt Williams said. “Defensively, though, we did not play well, and I am disappointed with our efforts on that side of the football.”
The Green Hill offense began to see some life with 20 seconds remaining in the second when quarterback Clayton Nordstrom threw a beautiful back-shoulder touchdown pass to receiver Marzeion Jones.
The Hawks recovered the onside kick and moved down the field to set up kicker Sam Crickmar with a 29-yard field goal as time expired in the half to make the score 36-10.
Green Hill continued its roll into the third quarter when Nordstrom once again found Jones in the back corner of the end zone, and Cameron Sowell had an 11-yard touchdown run.
“Last week we struggled a little bit, but every week we have gotten better and that’s what you want to see in your team,” Green Hill coach Brian Crouch said.