By Kedrick Storey
FALKNER – Smithville’s initial plan for Friday was to attack the Falkner Eagles through the air. Instead, Seminoles coach Chad Collums went with Plan D.
Collums fed running back Dee Moore, and the junior delivered with career-high marks of 205 yards on 32 carries and four touchdowns as No. 3 Smithville won 36-20 at Falkner in a key Division 1-1A battle.
“To be honest, we actually had a plan of throwing the ball, but Falkner did a good job of taking away our throwing. Dee stepped up big time,” said Collums.
Moore had two first-half rushing touchdowns for the Daily Journal’s No. 2 small school. His 4-yard plunge in the second quarter gave Smithville a 15-0 edge at halftime.
He continued to run downhill in the second half, rushing 19 times for 119 yards.
His 13-yard run to start the fourth quarter gave the Seminoles (6-1, 4-0) some cushion at 29-20 after Falkner made it a one-score game. His final 30-yard jaunt with 4:35 to play sealed it.
“I just tried to play my heart out and finish,” said Moore.
Down by two scores at intermission, Falkner made a game of it in the second half, pulling to within two points of Smithville on two occasions.
Sophomore QB Autry Windham tossed three touchdown passes to senior WR Deshaun Alexander, including a 67-yard strike to start the fourth quarter.
Turning Point: Dee Moore scored on a 13-yard TD run in with 5:17 remaining to give Smithville a nine-point advantage. Smithville got it right back, and Moore added his final score just over a minute later.
Point Man: Moore rushed for 205 yards and scored four of Smithville’s five touchdowns.
Talking Point: “It’s a tough loss to swallow. We’ve just got to forget this and get back on track next week.” – Falkner coach Quess Hood
• Smithville junior Daniel Smith connected on four of five extra points in his first game as kicker.
• Smithville will host West Lowdnes next Friday. Falkner travels to Vardaman.