Tigers shut out Marshall in first win


Five rushing TDs lead Smith-Cotton 38-0 over Owls

By Alex Agueros - [email protected]



Brice Pannier is stopped short of the goal line Friday, Aug. 26 during a 38-0 win over the Marshall Owls in Sedalia.


Alex Agueros | Democrat

Marshall receiver Jaylin Varner completes a catch over a Smith-Cotton defender Friday in the first quarter of a 38-0 Smith-Cotton victory over the Owls at Tiger Stadium in Sedalia.


Alex Agueros | Democrat

Marshall quarterback John Haug escapes the reach of Smith-Cotton’s Tyshawn Ward during a 38-0 Smith-Cotton home victory Friday, Aug. 26.


Alex Agueros | Democrat

An early fumble recovery against Marshall set the tone for a figurative Smith-Cotton recovery after a week one road loss.

The Tigers took the ball from Owls quarterback John Haug after a high snap Friday, Aug. 26 at home. Smith-Cotton later pounded in a 4-yard Brandon Neale touchdown on the takeaway possession.

Rinse, wash and repeat was the Tigers’ method, gathering more than 300 yards on the ground in a 38-0 victory over Marshall at Tiger Stadium in Sedalia.

Sophomore Neale, who scored twice, joined Brice Pannier and Cage Young in a three-headed rush attack. Pannier had 126 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown. Young scored a pair of touchdowns from 19 and 40-yards out.

Head coach Ryan Boyer said he was proud of the diverse backfield and effort on the offensive line.

“On both sides of the ball, we always stress the line play,” Boyer said. “If those guys don’t go, nobody goes. From there, we’re blessed enough to have four, and really even five running backs … where they can just step up and go. We really don’t script too many plays for a specific guy to get the ball. We call your name, you better step up.”

In the first half, kicker Blake Grupe set the school record for single-season field goals with a 34-yard make. Smith-Cotton led 10-0 at halftime.

Marshall struggled on offense. Its biggest gain was a 32-yard connection from Haug to Jaylin Varner. Boyer said the Owls — specifically Varner — provided a quality, early-season challenge to the S-C secondary.

“Their one-two punch is quarterback to wide receiever,” Boyer said. “That Varner kid, he’s a great athlete. They had a lot of threats out there and they kept us on our heels.”

Backup quarterback Kyler Simoncic entered the game with a 31-0 lead. On fourth down, Simoncic scrambled 26 yards for the Tigers’ fifth touchdown.

Friday, Sept. 2, Smith-Cotton (1-1) hosts Warrensburg (1-1) for the Silver Tiger Trophy.

Brice Pannier is stopped short of the goal line Friday, Aug. 26 during a 38-0 win over the Marshall Owls in Sedalia.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_lead-art-sc-marshall-1.jpgBrice Pannier is stopped short of the goal line Friday, Aug. 26 during a 38-0 win over the Marshall Owls in Sedalia. Alex Agueros | Democrat

Marshall receiver Jaylin Varner completes a catch over a Smith-Cotton defender Friday in the first quarter of a 38-0 Smith-Cotton victory over the Owls at Tiger Stadium in Sedalia.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_second-art-sc-marshall-1.jpgMarshall receiver Jaylin Varner completes a catch over a Smith-Cotton defender Friday in the first quarter of a 38-0 Smith-Cotton victory over the Owls at Tiger Stadium in Sedalia. Alex Agueros | Democrat

Marshall quarterback John Haug escapes the reach of Smith-Cotton’s Tyshawn Ward during a 38-0 Smith-Cotton home victory Friday, Aug. 26.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_last-art-sc-marshall-1.jpgMarshall quarterback John Haug escapes the reach of Smith-Cotton’s Tyshawn Ward during a 38-0 Smith-Cotton home victory Friday, Aug. 26. Alex Agueros | Democrat
Five rushing TDs lead Smith-Cotton 38-0 over Owls

By Alex Agueros

[email protected]

Alex Agueros can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @abagueros2

Sedalia Democrat

Alex Agueros can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @abagueros2

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