Ravenwood too much for Smyrna in 51-10 non-region win

Smyrna's Josh Jones led the Bulldogs with 56 yards rushing on 11 carries against Ravenwood on Friday night. FILE

Smyrna faced a possible future playoff opponent at home on Friday night, but it was visiting Ravenwood that its way with the Bulldogs in a 51-10 victory.

"I was kidding with someone midweek when they mentioned Ravenwood was 4-4, and I said 'well, they're the best 4-4 team in the universe,"' Smyrna coach Matt Williams said. "I was very disappointed with how we played. I was literally embarrassed as a coach.

"We got beat by a better team, but the lack of fight we showed is very concerning to me. If we lose it's my fault, but I'm not going to take the blame for lack of fight because we've not been conditioned that way. We had some kids who did fight and played hard, but we had a lot of kids quite frankly who played big-eyed and intimidated."

Smyrna quarterback Tavion Tigg completed 6 of 9 passes for 51 yards and a touchdown pass to Jamir Eaton, had five receptions for 36 yards. Quarterback Landon Miller of 6 of 11 passing for 35 yards. KJ Whitney also had three receptions for 32 yards.

John Jones was the Bulldogs' leading rusher with 56 yards on 11 carries, and Tigg added 24 yards on two attempts.

Defensively, Jeremiah Bailey had six tackles, including five solos, and Eaton had three tackles.

La Vergne 34, McGavock 16

The Wolverines improved to 5-3 overall and 4-0 in region play and clinched a playoff spot on Friday night with the road victory.

"Making the playoffs was one of our goals, so we can check that off our list," La Vergne coach Mike Woodward said. "I was proud of our guys. They played hard and together and it was a win we had to have."

Lavandrea Webb completed 6 of 11 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown, including a 32-yard strike to Ali Zeebaree, and rushed for 86 yards on eight carries.

Ray Banner rushed 100 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries, and Isaiah Banner had a 70-yard reception.

Kavian Taylor led the defense with two interceptions, while Tavarius Battle had seven tackles.

MTCS 35, Franklin Grace 27

The Cougars moved a step closer to hosting a playoff game with the pivotal region victory.

MTCS quarterback Aden Hooper passed for four touchdowns in what proved to be a three-quarter shootout.

MTSU led 21-13 at the half and after both teams scored 14 to points in the third quarter to make it 35-27 in favor of the Cougars, neither team found the end zone in the fourth.

Johnathan Burns had three touchdowns receiving.

"It was a big region win for us and it was a see-saw affair all night," MTCS coach BJ Robertson said. "Our guys fought hard, we came out on top and I'm very proud of them.

"We really hadn't stopped each other all night. We had a big fourth-down stop at the goal line to seal it. We really hadn't stopped each other all night, but to get a big fourth-down stop really showed a lot of toughness and grit."

Cookeville 16, Siegel 0

Siegel remained winless (0-8, 0-5) despite another solid effort on the defensive side of the football.

The Stars have scored just 88 points this season and have been shut out in back-to-back weeks.

Kendall Martin led Siegel with 80 yards rushing.

"Again, I thought we had a pretty good performance up front defensively," Siegel coach Adam Renshaw said. "Offensively, they're a big, strong group. They were able to nickel and dime us a little bit and move it down the field.

"I just think making timely plays right now is an issue. When we need to make a play in the passing game, we've got to find person to do it. We found a spark a little with in the running game, but we've got to finish drives, get it in the red one and punch it in."

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