Smithson paces Douglass

Ducks senior tosses touchdown pass, scores defensive TD in 13-6 victory over Carver



Carver coach Ron Frierson called Douglass' Antione Smithson "an excellent player" after watching him almost single-handedly beat his visiting Bears, 13-6, yesterday.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior quarterback/defensive back had a game-high 85 rushing yards. He also passed for 185 yards and tossed a 31-yard touchdown to Sheldon Waller in the second quarter. Smithson booted an extra point, and, defensively, ripped the ball from the hands of a Carver running back before going 85 yards, untouched, into the end zone to give his team a 13-0 lead in the fourth quarter.

The 15th-ranked Bears trimmed the deficit to 13-6 with four minutes to play when Christian Golder found Glenny Moore on a 22-yard scoring pass.

But Carver's chance to at least tie the game was ended, yet again, by Smithson, who made an interception at his own 15-yard line as time elapsed.

"That hurt us. We thought play was stopped, but he took the ball from our kid," Frierson said. "I commend him for his efforts, and for his team, the way it rallied around him."

The Ducks (8-1 overall, 7-1 league) earned sole possession of first place in Division II with their sixth straight win, dropping the Bears to 8-1 and 7-1.

Carver had outscored its previous opposition, 238-8, with three shutouts. But it hadn't faced a team such as Douglass, which lost, 14-6, to 11th-ranked, Division I tri-champion City on Sept. 23.

"That game helped us, mentally," said defensive backs coach Ron Wallace, Joe Holland's assistant. "Being in a battle earlier gave us an edge on them."

Wesley Holloway made two sacks, Tim Snyder had a sack and recovered a fumble, and Antonio Ennals had an interception in the end zone. Gerard Nelson and James Gilyard disrupted passes in the end zone, and freshman Brandon Royster stopped Golder on the goal line on fourth-and-one late in the second quarter.

"Coach asked us before the game if we were a good team or a great team. That goal-line stand showed we're a great team," said Smithson, whose top receiver was Devin Hall (five receptions, 111 yards). "They hadn't been scored on in the first half all season, and we shut them out in the first half, which really affected them."

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