Smith lost for season during Westmoreland triumph
Westmoreland quarterback Dan Smith threw for three touchdowns and 139 yards to help the Bulldogs mount a first-half lead en route to a 26-12 Class C South victory over host Clinton on Saturday before leaving the game with two broken bones in his left forearm. Westmoreland coach Tim Gates said that the senior standout is likely lost for the season.
Smith, who earned Class D all-state honors last season, was injured on his non-throwing arm while running the ball in the third quarter. He finished his day going 9-of-17 with passing TDs to Jason Colburn and Ben Rolewicz to give the Bulldogs a 18-0 lead.
Including Saturday’s game, Smith had amassed 484 yards on 32-of-60 passing with six touchdowns for the 1-0 in the league and 2-1 overall Bulldogs.
Smith was replaced under center by sophomore quarterback Zack Green.
Tailback Ryan Murling rushed for 115 yards on 17 carries while Colburn caught five balls for 96 yards and TD scores of 13 and 53 yards.
On defense, the Bulldogs were led by Marc Donahue’s eight tackles.
VVS cruises past Phoenix
During a Class B crossover road game, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill picked up second win in a row in convincing fashion with a 70-21 blowout on the road against Phoenix.
Red Devils senior quarterback Tyler Mautner threw for 232 yards on 14-of-14 passing and connected for six touchdowns, while Collin Way tallied three carries for 49 yards and a TD and had two catches for 56 yards and a score.
Mautner opened the game up with five straight TD strikes before Phoenix scored on a Tyler Button 27-yard run in the third quarter. Mautner hit Tyler Curtis, who finished with four catches for 59, for a 25-yard TD hook up, a 13-yard TD pass to Brett Field, a 4-yard score to Matt Sliker, a 16-yard TD to Way, followed by a 17-yard strike to Sliker. He also had another TD pass to Curtis of 11 yards. Sliker had 89 receiving yards on four catches, while Eli Cleveland busted off an 80-yard touchdown off a kick return and Nash Robb scrambled for an 89-yard kick return for a TD, as well. Andrew Aurigema had two interceptions and forced a fumble to lead the team defensively.