Smithfield surges past Warhill 42-7

JAMES CITY — With three fourth-quarter touchdowns, Smithfield pulled away to a 42-7 victory over Warhill on Friday at Cooley Field. The triumph kept the Packers in a three-way tie for first place in the Bay Rivers District with York and Lafayette.

Smithfield got on the board early as quarterback Jermaal Wells dashed a quick 4 yards into the end zone. Jacob Anderson made the extra point with 5:59 to play in the opening quarter.

The Packers (7-1, 6-1 district) extended their lead with a 7-yard run by Marquis Childress just two minutes into the second quarter. But the Lions (4-4) answered with their lone touchdown as Devonte Dedmon scored on a 47-yard run. Evan McCoy kicked the extra point to cut Smithfield's lead to one touchdown before the half.

A pair of long passes sparked the Packers to a bigger lead in the second half. In the third, Bruce Cypress hauled in a 62-yard pass from Wells and Anderson added the extra point.

Wells then completed a 55-yard touchdown pass to Marcel Curry with 10:02 remaining in the contest. Less than three minutes later, Kyon Croker ran 17 yards for another Packer touchdown and a 35-7 advantage.

A running clock took effect after Tyrone Gardner rushed 9 yards for the final Smithfield touchdown.

Croker had 11 carries for 90 yards for the Packers. Wells amassed 178 passing yards on just six completions.

Dedmon had 16 carries for 120 yards to lead the Lions.

Smithfield 7, 7, 7, 21 — 42
Warhill 0, 7, 0, 0 — 7

S: Jermaal Wells 4 run (Anderson kick)
S: Marquis Childress 7 run (Anderson kick)
W: Devonte Dedmon 47 run (McCoy kick)
S: Cypress 62 pass from Wells (Anderson kick)
S: Curry 55 pass from Wells (Anderson kick)
S: Kyon Croker 17 run (Anderson kick)
S: Tyrone Garland 9 run (Anderson kick)

TEAM STATS    S    W
First downs    17    9
Rushes-yards    38-162    31-124
Passing yards    178    41
Comp-Att-Int    6-11-1    3-11-2
Penalties-yards    13-100    5-45
Fumbles-lost    0-0    1-1