Smith-Moore Shines in Football Victory / Jace Aymond
The Mississippi College football team claimed their first conference win of the season with a 42-21 win over North Greenville University. While the Crusaders move to 3-2, the Choctaws are back to even with a 2-2 record and a 1-1 GSC record to match.
North Greenville put the pressure on early with a 61-yard touchdown run by Tre’ Williams on the second offensive play of the game. The Choctaws’ first possession was the complete opposite as it was an over 11-minute drive capped off by a DeAnte Smith-Moore four-yard TD run. Smith-Moore was responsible for five of the six touchdowns on the day for the Choctaws.
In the second quarter, Smith-Moore added an 11-yard TD run and a 23-yard touchdown in the air to Marcus Williams. The Crusaders added an impressive score of their own with a 40-yard pass to Matthew Martin to put the score at 21-14 MC at the half.
The second half was almost all Choctaws as Smith-Moore picked up two more rushing touchdowns and Jaylin Jones delivered the dagger with an 18-yard sprint into the endzone. Although Dre’ Williams added another touchdown to his ledger, it was not enough as the Choctaws used that second half push to claim victory and their first conference win of the season.
The Choctaws had nearly 500 total yards of offense, with 398 coming on the ground and 98 yards in the air off of only three completed passes. Smith-Moore was the leading rusher for MC as he had 110 yards on 22 attempts and five total touchdowns. The leading back, Cole Fagan, had 103 yards on the ground to his name with Marcus Williams picking up 93 rushing yards and a receiving touchdown. Defensively, Josh Miller picked off a Crusader pass and had a tackle for loss with DeShawn Washington also having a negative yard tackle while picking up a sack as well.
The Choctaws host the nationally-ranked West Georgia Wolves in their third conference game this coming Saturday with kickoff set for 2:00 pm at Robinson-Hale Stadium.