HUNTSVILLE Greenwood, No. 2 in Class 5A, was nearly perfect while Hayden Smith was directing the offense. He just didn’t do it for very long Friday.
Smith directed touchdown drives on all five series he played as the Bulldogs defeated Huntsville 42-7 at Eagle Stadium.
The five series Smith quarterbacked - the first three of the game and the first two of the second half - totaled 14 plays for 242 yards in 3 minutes, 55 seconds. Smith was 9 of 11 for 221 yards and 4 touchdowns during his limited performance.
“He’s a pretty good player,” Greenwood Coach Rick Jones said. “He’s gotten better every week.”
And the defending state champion Bulldogs (6-0, 3-0 5A-West), winners of four of the last six state titles, might have the ingredients to challenge for another championship.
The Eagles (1-5, 0-3) had no success slowing the starting offensive unit as Greenwood built a 28-0 lead only 5:29 into the game.
Smith needed two plays to give the Bulldogs the lead, hitting Drew Morgan for a 58-yard touchdown.
Greenwood forced a punt, then Smith and Morgan connected on a 25-yard touchdown with 8:43 left in the first quarter.
Greenwood’s Matt Sisco broke through the line to block a Rusty Burnett punt at the 15, then fell on the ball in the end zone for the Bulldogs’ third touchdown with 7:18 remaining in the first quarter.
Smith got his third touchdown pass with 6:31 left in the quarter, hitting Jansen Stein for 31 yards.
Reserves maintained the 28-0 cushion the remainder of the first half. Smith returned in the second half to direct two more scoring drives. He hit Justin Sunde for a 44-yard touchdown three minutes into the second half to invoke the 35-point continuously running clock.
Sisco partially blocked another punt, setting up the Bulldogs at Huntsville’s 20. Sunde ran 7 yards for the touchdown and a 42-0 lead with 5:16 left in the third quarter.