The Smyrna High School football team only took 49 seconds to score Friday night on its way to a 64-16 home victory over Appoquinimink at Charles V. Williams Stadium.

After the Eagles' Diron Accoo returned the opening kickoff to Smyrna's 48-yard line, the Eagles gained two yards on first down.

Then Will Knight caught a pass from quarterback Nolan Henderson and raced 50 yards to the end zone with 11:11 left in the first quarter. Leddie Brown ran for the two-point conversion and an 8-0 Smyrna lead.

Appoquinimink started its first series from its own 20 and advanced to the 41 before having to punt with 7:02 left in the quarter.

The Eagles took over at their own 24-yard line and on first down Emon Roberts caught a short pass from Henderson and rumbled 43 yards to Appoquinimink's 33.

Three plays later, Marcus Vass caught a 15-yard touchdown strike from Henderson with 6:00 to go in the quarter. Knight ran for the two-point coversion for a 16-0 Smyrna advantage.

Smyrna tried an onside kick but the Jaguars recovered at their own 47-yard line.

Appoquinimink drove down the field on an eight-play drive, scoring on a 21-yard touchdown pass with 27.4 second left in the quarter. The kick was good, and the Jaguars pulled to within nine points at 16-7.

Smyrna's next drive was highlighted by a quick pass and catch from Henderson to Brown for 39 yards and then a 16-yard touchdown strike from Henderson to Emon Roberts. Knight ran for the two point conversion to extend Smyrna's lead to 24-7.

The Jaguars took the kickoff and controlled the ball for an eight-play drive, but Smyrna's defense held a pass play to just two yards on fourth-and-nine to stop the threat.

Smyrna took over and quickly faced a fourth down, but Knight made a spectacular catch on a pass from Henderson, stretching and tipping the ball up and then bringing it down for a 30-yard gain.

Three plays later, Knight surprised the Jaguars by throwing a 14-yard touchdown pass to Jamier Smith with 4:37 left in the half. Brown ran for the two-point conversion and a 32-7 Smyrna lead.

Appo answered with a 65-yard scoring drive, highlighted by a 30-yard pass play and finished by a one-yard quarterback keeper into the end zone. The two-point try was no good, leaving the score at 32-13 with 3:39 to go in the half.

Smyrna grabbed the momentum right back when Brown took the kickoff at the four-yard line, ran over a defender with a great stiff-arm and rumbled 96 yards down the sideline for a touchdown. Knight ran for the two-point conversion and a 40-13 lead.

In the third quarter, Smyrna's Jacob Soroko intercepted a pass by the Jaguars on their first play from scrimmage. That led to a touchdown by Brown on a 41-yard run. Knight ran for the two-point conversion for a 48-13 margin.

Appoquinimink strung together a drive on its next possession, ending with a 33-yard field goal to make the score 48-16 with 5:05 to go in the third quarter.

On the Eagles' next drive, Knight broke through the Appoquinimink defense for a 53-yard run. Then Henderson hit Brown on a 25-yard touchdown pass with 3:49 left in the third quarter. Knight added the two-point conversion run for a 56-16 Smyrna lead.

Smyrna kicker Anthony Buscemi pinned the Jaguars deep in their own territory, as his kick landed in front of the Appoquinimink return man and bounced past him down to the one-yard line where the returner fell on the ball.

The third quarter ended with Appoquinimink on its own two-yard line.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Smyrna's defense led by Joshua Hutchinson tackled the Jaguar runner in the end zone for a safety and a 58-16 lead.

The Eagles' last score came on a 40-yard touchdown run by Keshaun Tolbert, helping Smyrna finish off the 64-16 victory.


NEXT GAME: Friday, Sept. 23 at home versus Salesianum in a rematch of last year's Division I state championship. Game time is 7 p.m.