JAMES CITY – Smithfield set the tone Thursday against Jamestown at Wanner Stadium on the opening play from scrimmage, a 22-yard by quarterback Willie Drew.
There was more where that came from, although Drew needed only eight carries to run for 176 yards and two scores, while throwing 7-for-13 for 159 yards and two more touchdowns.
It was all Smithfield, 49-14, and 49-7 by halftime before the running clock kicked in.
“They have some great players over there that can make some great plays for them,” Jamestown coach Donnell Brown said. “We just have to play disciplined football and we made a lot of mental mistakes on defense early in the game.”
The highlight play of the game was probably Drew’s 70-yard scramble for a touchdown to make it 20-0 in the first quarter. Running down the right sideline, he juked a Jamestown man at midfield and another at the 20 before crossing the goal line. Five of Drew’s eight runs were for 17 yards or more, earned on sheer elusiveness and not power.
“You can’t make mistakes against a guy like him,” Brown said. “That guy is too fast, too talented. We made some mistakes and you saw how spectacular a player he is.”
Smithfield, which never punted, played most of the night without standout Chris Pierce, who exited in the first quarter with an injury shortly after catching a 20-yard pass from Drew.
The Packers won their fifth straight and running back William Robinson finished with 94 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
Smithfield (6-2, 6-1 Bay Rivers) outgained Jamestown 488-269 to end a two-game win streak for the Eagles (2-6, 2-5), who got a pair of touchdowns from senior receiver Zach Pennycuff.
That brought Pennycuff’s TD tally to 11 and junior quarterback Hunter Brittain eclipsed 1,000 passing yards on the season by throwing for 214.
Pennycuff’s first, to close the gap to 35-7 in the second quarter, looked like a carbon copy of a few of his other scores this season. Brittain essentially lobbed it downfield for grabs and Pennycuff, who had six catches for 148 yards, hauled it in around midfield before giving the Smithfield defensive back a little stiff arm and leaving him in his dust.
Jamestown junior running back Kemonte Frye was out, banged up and sick, after missing much of last week’s win over Bruton. Senior Rashaun Jones finished with 53 rushing yards on 10 carries.
And although it didn’t matter much in the grand scheme of the game, Jamestown’s Tyler Highley turned in an impressive hustle play that prevented a Smithfield touchdown early in the second half. Smithfield’s Ryan Jones scooped up a fumble in the Eagles’ backfield and was poised to return it for an 80-yard touchdown, but Highley caught up to him around the 1-yard line and knocked the ball loose for a touchback.
Jamestown, which still has hopes of sneaking into the 4A playoffs, is on the road at Grafton next week before hosting York in the regular-season finale.
Brown issued a challenge to the Eagles before Thursday’s game. “Are we going to play with a team that’s a playoff team or are we not going to? Tonight we didn’t. But the great thing about it: We have another opportunity next week against a great Grafton team.”
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SMITHFIELD 49, JAMESTOWN 14
SMITHFIELD 20;29;0;0 – 49
JAMESTOWN 0;7;0;7 – 14
S - Robinson 3 run (kick failed), 9:23, 6-0
S – Jones 24 pass from Drew (Robinson run), 8:20, 14-0
S – Drew 70 run (run failed), 3:23, 20-0
S – Robinson 8 run (Brodie run), 10:51, 28-0
S – Drew 2 run (Tucker kick), 9:50, 35-0
J – Pennycuff 84 pass from Brittain (Weissenfluh kick), 8:59, 35-7
S – Brodie 19 pass from Drew (Tucker kick), 3:55, 42-7
S – Robinson 7 run (Tucker kick), 2:26, 49-7
J – Pennycuff 20 pass from Brittain (Weissenfluh kick), 49-14