COLUMBIA — Sophomore running back Malik Davis scored three touchdowns as the Smith-Cotton JV football team opened its season with a 28-12 victory over Battle High School.
The Tigers’ offense used heavy doses of Davis and fellow sophomore back Zach Powell as their ground attack controlled the tempo of the game. Davis opened the scoring with a three-yard TD run, followed by a Gauge Young two-point conversion for a 8-0 lead with 2:04 left in the first quarter. A 40-yard bomb from quarterback Jaden Kendrick to receiver A.J Wilkinson set up S-C’s next score, a five-yard dash by Davis; the conversion attempt failed, making it 14-0 with 7:08 to play in the half.
The Spartans got on the board with a Sais Ruiz TD catch, making the score 14-6 at the half.
Facing fourth down and 13 yards to go for a first down on their first possession of the second half, Spartans QB Jackson Keller found Scott Pope for a 40-yard TD pass, but the PAT attempt failed. Facing a 14-12 deficit, Battle got the ball back but lost it momentum on an interception by S-C’s Blake Pomajzl.
The Tigers drove the field, capping the drive with a one-yard TD and a two-point conversion by Powell; Davis added a one-yard blast to put the game away.
S-C (1-0) next faces Warrensburg on Sept. 7 at Tiger Stadium.