Coverage Breakdown: Smithville 43 | TCPS 13
As good as Dustin Moffett has been for the Smithville football program the last couple of years, he’s never been as good as he was last night. The senior do-it-all man scored six times, in three different ways, for the Seminoles.
First, he struck with a punt return for a score in the first quarter. He added three rushing scores in the second quarter, one for 92 yards. In the third quarter he would score twice more, including a 61-yard scoring reception. He finished with 187 rushing yards for four touchdowns.
“Never,” Moffett told SES Mississippi when asked if he had ever had a performance like that before.
All in all, Smithville(8-2, 6-1) rolled up 353 yards on the ground and 96 yards, all in the second half, through the air. Defensively, the Noles forced three turnovers(two INTs, fumble).
“I liked our group effort,” head coach Michael Campbell said after the game. “I know Moffett did a lot scoring, but our kids played as a family, as a group, tonight. We played, we blocked, we tackled. We did what we needed to do as a group.
“We’ve gotten better now two weeks in a row and I’m tickled to death over that.”
For TCPS(6-3, 4-3) the result is disappointing, especially when you consider their two best players were on the sideline. Leading rusher Cody Coggins missed the game with a concussion, while senior linebacker Bo Robertson left the game in the first quarter.
Early on in the game the Eagles were stout defensively, and put together a decent early drive that stalled. A fumble on a strong drive in the second quarter, that would eventually lead to a Nole touchdown, proved to be a back-breaker.
There’s no doubt this TCPS program has made huge strides over the years. That is evidenced both in their 15 wins over the last two seasons, and their four division 1-1A victories this season. And furthermore, there are signs this program is still on its way up.
Now the Eagles will fight to maintain the third spot in 1-1A, as the fourth spot means a playoff road trip to face powerhouse Simmons.
Smithville, though, now controls their own destiny to finish second, and earn a home playoff game in round one.
As coach Campbell stated, his team is getting better in recent weeks. That works well as they face their stiffest challenge of the season next week in Nanih Waiya. However, it’s everyone else that should be worried about these Seminoles as the playoffs approach.
They racked up 353 yards on the ground, plus 96 passing yards(all in the second half) in this one. An offense that features Moffett, Cameron Wardlaw, Caleb Leech and a big, nasty o-line, is going to be a hard train to stop.
Player of the Game
No question this was Moffett. The man scored six times and put himself in the record books last night. Simply put, when the ball is in his hands, good things happen. He’s quick and his instincts serve him well. But most importantly, he is hard-working and humble star.