A matchup of two Top-5 teams played out as advertised as Smyrna overcame a 21-8 halftime deficit to win 30-24 at St. George’s Saturday afternoon.
The Eagles broke a 24-24 tie with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Cameron Edge to Devin Demoe with :50 left in the game to get the hard-fought victory.
The Hawks had just tied the game on a 32 yard field goal by Julio Lopez with 1:54 to go, but Yamir Knight returned the ensuing kickoff to the 49 yard line and Edge moved the Eagles downfield in 64 seconds culminating in the Demoe TD catch.
St. George’s used an 11- play drive eating up most of the 1st quarter to get on the scoreboard first on an eight yard run by Gi’Vonni Sanchez-Word. Smyrna came right back to score on a 20 yard pass from Edge to Demoe and a conversion run by Wayne Knight to take an 8-7 advantage with 2:00 left in the quarter. The Hawks regained the lead on their very next drive as Donovan Brooks found Brandon Montgomery for a 20 yard score and a 14-8 lead. The ensuing onside kick was recovered by St. George’s and it took just 3 plays to score again on a one yard run by Sanchez. The big play in that drive was a 38-yard pass from Brooks to Kwami Miller. Smyrna had a chance to add more points late in the half when Edge again turned to Demoe who made a catch at the one, but he was ruled out of bounds with no time left. The Hawks took a 21-8 lead into the half.
The second half belonged to the Eagles as they scored on an 8 yard run by Wayne Knight late in the 3rd quarter, a 94 yard pass to Yamir Knight, and the final 18 yard catch by Demoe in the final quarter to complete the comeback.
Edge passed for 276 yards and 3 touchdowns as Demoe caught 8 of those passes for 127 yards and 2 scores while Yamir Knight had 5 receptions for 148 yards and a touchdown. Wayne Knight gained 67 yards on 9 carries and a score for Smyrna.
The Hawks were led by Sanchez with 104 yards on 33 carries and 2 touchdowns.
Smyrna improves to 4-2 and has a “bye week” before hosting Dover in a homecoming game on the 22nd while St. George’s falls to 3-2 and will host Hodgson in its homecoming game next Saturday.
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