Despite stellar play from Dontae Smith, Spring Hill fell to 4-4 after a 34-17 loss at Marshall County on Friday evening.
Smith, as usual, did his part in rushing for three touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough to help the Raiders recover from a double-digit, third-quarter deficit.
The outlook looked better for the Raiders early in the third quarter. Marshall County’s Kameron Liggett pulled his team within a point in the second half at 14-13, a failed point-after preventing the Tigers from tying.
That was the beginning of the end. Brandon Rowan’s punt-return touchdown, followed by Caleb Estes’s point-after, put Marshall County up six.
Another Ligon rushing score, this one coming late in the third quarter, pushed the margin to 26-14.
Spring Hill quarterback T.J. Ennis hit Blake Tarrence with a touchdown pass, but Liggett ran for another score. Bryce Wallace’s 2-point conversion made the lead 14.
The Raiders’ Smith added his third rushing touchdown midway through the third quarter, with Brenton Basnaw’s point-after accounting for the final margin.
The Raiders took a 7-0 lead just seconds into the second quarter on the strength of Smith’s scoring run, which came inside the 10.
Midway through the second quarter, Smith took a pitch to the right side and scooted 67 yards for a second touchdown, the point-after putting Spring Hill up 14-7.
That score held at half.
Spring Hill travels to Franklin next week.