Warriors overcome slow start to upend Grandview

Smithville’s Cody McKimens makes a tackle during the Warriors’ 17-0 conference victory over Grandview on Friday, Oct. 18.

SMITHVILLE — At the end of two quarters, Smithville and Grandview headed into its respective locker rooms without much to build on.

Two goose eggs graced the scoreboard inside the football stadium at Smithville High School.

“We had to pick it up a little bit,” Warriors sophomore defensive back Cody Simoncic admitted.

Smithville continued its defensive success in the second half, while the offense registered a pair of touchdowns to go with a field goal for a 17-0 conference victory on Friday, Oct. 19.

“Defensively we played really well the entire game,” Warriors coach Jason Ambroson said. “But offensively we weren’t very good. We missed assignments, had mental errors, fumbles, we weren’t our normal self and I don’t know what our problem was. We were out of sync.”

The Warriors (7-1, 4-1 Suburban Blue) turned the ball over three times in the scoreless first half, including two interceptions and a fumble, but Grandview (3-5, 1-4) failed to take advantage.

“It wasn’t pretty. We need to do better than that,” Ambroson said.

The Warriors held the Bulldogs to 82 yards of total offense. Simoncic registered Smithville’s two interceptions.

Running back Hayden Sigg hauled in a 21-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Spencer Miller, and Evan Verhulst hit a 23-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead after the third quarter.

Receiver Rhett Foster reeled in Miller’s second touchdown pass for a 13-yard play to cap the scoring with 7:15 left in the contest.

Miller finished 6 of 14 passing for 77 yards and two touchdowns. Sigg caught two passes for 34 yards. Foster recorded two catches for 25 yards.

Isaac Miller led the Warriors’ rushing attack with 100 yards on 20 carries.

Smithville turned its focus to Kearney (5-3) for both team’s regular-season finale.

The Warriors got the best of the Bulldogs last season, winning the regular-season finale 17-14 and the district semifinal contest 24-10.

But none of that matters to Smithville.

“Records don’t matter,” Simoncic said. “It’s Kearney. We have to bring it every time.”

Ambroson agreed.

Ambroson said because the Bulldogs have won more games than the

Warriors in the past 10 years, “We better bring our best.”

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Smithville High School.

Sports Editor Adam Burns can be reached at adam.burns@mycouriertribune.com or 389-6643.​

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