The Smyrna High School football team won 48-8 tonight against Hodgson in the semifinals of the Division I state tournament, and Will Knight broke the Delaware high school career rushing record on a 46-yard touchdown run.
The Smyrna High School football team is going to the state championship game for the third year in a row, and running back Will Knight is going into the Delaware high school record book.
The Eagles defeated Hodgson 48-8 tonight, Nov. 25, in the semifinals of the Division I state tournament, earning a trip to the state title game against Middletown Saturday, Dec. 2 at 1 p.m., at the University of Delaware in Newark.
Meanwhile, Knight broke the state high school career rushing record on a 46-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter in front of the Smyrna fans at Charles V. Williams Stadium. The previous record of 6,224 yards was held by Chris Jones from Laurel since 2011.
The Eagles jumped out to a 16-0 lead in the first quarter on two touchdown passes. The first was a 40-yard play from quarterback Isaiah Wilson to Emon Roberts, and the second was a 12-yard strike from Wilson to Stephen Whaley. The Eagles made the two-point conversion after each score.
The Eagles' defense held Hodgson scoreless, as Mike Carrow recovered a fumble, and Jeremy D'Aguiar intercepted a pass for Smyrna.
Then Hodgson pulled to within 16-8 in the second quarter and was threatening to score again, but the Eagles' defense made a big stand. Smyrna's Hunter Moyer sacked the quarterback on third down, and then on fourth down the Eagles tackled the scrambling quarterback and forced a fumble which Smyrna recovered.
When Smyrna's offense took over on its own 20-yard line, Wilson connected with Marcus Vass on two big pass plays, moving the ball to the 10-yard line. A roughing the passer penalty on Hodgson moved the ball to the five. Then Knight sliced through the Hodgson defense for a touchdown and ran for the two-point conversion to give the Eagles a 24-8 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, the teams traded possessions with the defenses holding their ground.
Then Smyrna started rolling again with a drive highlighted by a 39-yard pass play from Wilson to Roberts down to Hodgson's 14-yard line.
Knight took it from there, rumbling to the end zone with 2:58 left in the third quarter. The two-point conversion pass from Knight to Desmond Wilson made the score 32-8.
At the start of the fourth quarter, the Eagles stopped Hodgson drives on a fourth down sack by Moyer and later an interception by Larsen Wilson that he returned to Hodgson's 24-yard line. That set up Whaley's 11-yard touchdown run, followed by Keshaun Tolbert's two-point conversion run for a 40-8 cushion.
Smyrna's defense stepped up again, when Caden Naylor picked off a Hodgson pass.
With the Eagles back on offense with 7:52 left in the game, Knight burst through the line and raced 46 yards for a score, breaking the state rushing record.
The game was stopped as the team presented Knight with the ball and he shared the spotlight with his mother.
Then Tolbert ran for the two point conversion for the 48-8 final score.
With the win, the Eagles improved to 9-2, winning their ninth straight game after starting the season 0-2. One of those losses was the season opener against Middletown, 35-28. Now Smyrna has another chance against the Cavaliers in the final game of the season with the state championship on the line.