On a cold, wet night, the Jaguars’ defense battled the Smithville Seminoles hard, but the offense struggled as the Seminoles defeated the Jaguars 14-0 in the second round of the 1A State Football Playoffs to advance to the North Half Title game against St. Aloysius who defeated Hamilton 13-12. The Seminoles improved to 10-3, while the Jaguars ended their season at 9-3.
Broad Street’s defense forced Smithville to turn the ball over three times, but Smithville’s defense was able to force four turnovers. Penalties on several drives also hurt Broad Street’s momentum on offense.
“We didn’t have the best week of practice,” Broad Street head football coach Damaris Mitchell said. “We missed some plays when we had the opportunity to make them. When you come out flat and don’t do the things that you need to be doing, your season will end.
“We had a good year,” Mitchell added. “We had a good football team. We just came up short of our goal. We won district, but we missed the state championship. We were all in, but we just came up short.”
Smithville’s offense came out early and established itself. The Seminoles came out with a strong running game and used a lot of misdirection to throw the Jaguars’ defense off balanced. In the first quarter, Smithville was able to run 16 plays to Broad Street’s five plays. Smithville quarterback Drew Lann did a good job of running the football with running back Tyler Hood making an impact as well.
With 1:21 left in the first quarter, Hood marched on a six-yard touchdown run to put the Seminoles on the board. Austin Craig marched into the end zone with the two-point conversion to put Smithville on top 8-0.
Broad Street’s offense moved the ball better in the second quarter, while the defense stepped it up another level. Broad Street's Demarcus Alexander came up big on defense as he recovered two fumble toward the end of the first half to keep the game at 8-0 going into halftime.
The score remained 8-0 until the fourth quarter when Hood scored his second touchdown of the game on a 21-yard run with 11:49 to go. The two-point conversion was no good, but Smithville led 14-0.
The Jaguars continued to battle hard. Zekedrick Bingham recovered a fumble to give Broad Street the possession and another chance to get back in the game. The Jaguars drive on offense didn’t turn out well as the Seminoles intercepted a pass and marched on a long return to get possession in Jaguars’ territory. Smithville was able to run the clock out to get the win.
The Jaguars’ offense was held to 146 yards.
Danterrius Geyer rushed for 59 yards on eight carries and completed 4-of-7 passes for 45 yards with two interceptions to lead the Jaguars, followed by Lamarcus Phillips with two catches for 26 yards and Alexander with 35 yards on eight carries.
Johnny Scott led the Jaguars’ defense with seven tackles including a tackle-for-loss, followed by Jalone McGee with six tackles including a tackle-for-loss, Traterrious Britton with five tackles, Alexander with two fumble recoveries and Devonte Brown with four tackles.