Another spectacular effort from Will Knight and a gutty performance from their defense helped propel the Smyrna Eagles past Salesianum, 28-7, Friday night at Baynard Stadium.
Knight scored three touchdowns, including a kickoff return, punt return and rushing touchdown to pace Smyrna’s effort.
The victory is Smyrna’s seventh in a row, moving the Eagles to 7-2 overall this season.
Knight opened the scoring Friday night in style, returning the game’s opening kickoff back for a touchdown to give Smyrna an early 6-0 advantage.
Smyrna’s defense was suffocating in the opening half, keeping the Salesianum offense in check and helping shift the field position battle in the Eagles’ favor.
Up 6-0 midway through the second quarter, Smyrna’s offense put together its first touchdown drive of the night capped off by a 18-yard hookup from quarterback Isaiah Wilson to Emon Roberts to put the Eagles up 12-0 at the half.
Salesianum finally got on the board early in the second half, cutting Smyrna’s lead to 12-7. Carson Salvo scored a 20-yard touchdown Sallies set up by a Smyrna fumble recovered by Ryan Bryson. Though, as they did in the first half, Smyrna’s defense shut the door on Sallies the rest of the way.
After seeming to shy away from Knight on punt returns all night, he got his hands on one late in the third quarter returning it 91-yards for his second special teams score of the night, pushing Smyrna ahead by two scores after running in the two-point conversion as well.
Midway through the fourth, Knight would strike again. This time, he did it the old-fashioned way, pulling away for an 81-yard touchdown on the ground to seal the victory for the Eagles, 28-7.
Smyrna will close out their regular season schedule next Friday at Polytech, starting at 7 p.m.