DUKE CENTER — The Smethport football team is off and running.
Led by dual-threat quarterback Noah Lent and speedy tailback Braedon Johnson, the Hubbers ran away with a 32-0 first quarter and never looked back in a season-opening victory at Otto-Eldred on Friday. The Hubbers took the final score 60-6 as Lent ran for three touchdowns and threw for three more.
“We've got a senior-heavy team, so I expected them to play well,” Smethport coach Adam Jack said. “But certainly they exceeded my expectations tonight. They played really well on both sides of the ball. To come out of the gate like that, put up 32 points in the first quarter, you can't ask for more than that.”
Lent completed 7-of-13 passes for 196 yard and ran 12 times for 73 yards. Johnson ran for 170 yards on just 13 carries (13.1 per carry) and scored twice, including a highlight-worth 76-yard fourth-quarter scamper in which he dodged multiple defenders in the secondary en route to the endzone. Johnson, Brandon Higley and Richie McDowell had touchdown receptions, the longest being McDowell’s 57-yard score.
Ryan Mason scored the final touchdown for the Hubbers, a 35-yard run.
“Coach (Joel) Lent and coach (Ryan) Yingling put together a heck of an offensive game plan for tonight,” Jack noted.
Aiden Mckean pulled down an interception in the final minute for Smethport, denying the Terror’s final chance at scoring. Mason had a team-high five solo tackles and Lucas Fowler and Trevor Zuver both had a sack.
After a scoreless second quarter, Smethport outscored O-E 28-6 in the second half, with two touchdowns in each of the final two quarters.
“I think we got a little bit gassed there in the second quarter and we needed that halftime there to regroup,” Jack said. “I told them at halftime, I said, 'good teams finish games.' And they came out in the second half and they certainly did that.”
Playing before a restricted capacity crowd at Terror Field, Smethport mostly held O-E’s passing attack in check, limiting quarterback Cole Sebastion to 14-of-31 for 101 yards, including a 7-yard third-quarter touchdown pass to Ethan Smith. Sebastian also led the Terrors with 28 rushing yards. Smith caught eight passes for 70 yards.
“We had a bunch of young guys, not just grade-wise, but a lot of young guys that were inexperienced football-wise,” O-E coach Troy Cook said. “We did some recruiting in the offseason to boost our numbers a little bit, which helped, but those guys didn't have the luxury of a long summer program because of COVID, things like that, and no scrimmage. Not making excuses by any means, because everybody is in the same boat. We just have to give it to Smethport, too, they came out, they played well right off the bat.”
After the District 9 IU Small School opener, O-E travels to play Port Allegany (0-1) next Friday, while Smethport (1-0) holds its home opener against Elk County Catholic (1-0).
AT DUKE CENTER
Smethport 32 0 14 14 — 60
Otto-Eldred 0 0 6 0 — 6
First Downs: S: 25, OE: 25; Rushes/Yards Rushing: S: 33-345, OE: 25-57; Yards Passing: S: 196, OE: 135; Comp-Att-Int: S: 7-14-0 OE: 17-36-1 Total Yards: S: 541 OE: 192 Fumbles-Lost: S: 2-1 OE: 1-0; Penalties-Yards: S: 3-31 OE: 6-65; Total Plays: S: 47 OE: 61
S: Braedon Johnson 3 run; run failed, 6-0
S: Noah Lent 23 run; run failed, 12-0
S: Johnson 1 run; Lent run, 20-0
S:Richie McDowell 57 pass from Lent; run failed, 26-0
S:Brandon Higley 6 pass from Lent; run failed, 32-0
S: Lent 1 run; Hayden Leet kick, 39-0
S: Lent 47 run; Leet kick, 46-0
OE: Ethan Smith 7 pass from Cole Sebastian; run failed, 46-6
S: Johnson 77 run; kick failed, 52-6
S: Ryan Mason 35 run; Ryan Pelchy run, 60-6