Independence, Smyrna Battle to the Finish in Playoffs
Kendrell Scurry scored a touchdown in Independence's first-round playoff contest.

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Independence’s Troy Henderson scored a 6-yard touchdown run with 2:48 left, helping lift the Eagles to a 14-13 TSSAA first-round playoff win over Smyrna on Friday.

Weston Landry’s point-after gave Independence its first lead of the second half, helping the Eagles advance to play at Ravenwood next week.

Smyrna extended its lead to 13-7 on Jose Baez’s 30-yard field goal with 1:12 left in the third quarter. 

The Eagles’ Nathan Cisco found Kendrell Scurry with a 6-yard throw, with Landry’s point-after providing a 7-0 lead with 9:13 let in the first quarter.

But Smyrna’s Alex Bannister hit Trae Brimm with a 43-yard pass, and Jose Baeza’s point-after tied the game.

A 37-yard Baeza field goal gave Smyrna a 10-7 halftime lead.

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