SMYRNA -- Jamir Eaton and the Smyrna Bulldogs enjoyed a dominant night in a 59-8 win over the visiting Antioch Bears on Friday Night.
Eaton rushed for 33 yards and two touchdowns and also led the Bulldogs in receiving with four receptions for 65 yards and two touchdowns. Smyrna finished with 372 yards of total offense.
“I thought offensively we did some good things," Smyrna coach Matt Williams said. "Our kids played well and did what I asked them. I asked them to show maturity and play a good game from start to finish. We pretty much did that."
Quarterback Landon Miller added 87 passing yards and one touchdown, bringing his season totals to 670 yards and six touchdowns to only one interception.
Arion Carter turned in another impressive performance on the ground with 82 yards and two touchdowns.
The win brings the Bulldogs record to 5-2 on the season with an undefeated 3-0 region record.
Even after completely dominating Antioch, Williams believes the Bulldogs have room to improve.
“We have to do a better job at times with run containment," he said. "There were a couple of times their quarterback was able to get outside of our contain guys. We have to be much better against Cane Ridge on that.
“With offense it’s just the little things. We dropped a lot of passes tonight. Receivers have to do a better job at catching the football. Landon threw a lot of catchable balls that we dropped' that’s going to have to improve.”
Antioch played its first game of the season due to COVID restrictions put in place for Metro Nashville Schools.
“I want to say hats off to Antioch. I feel kind of sorry for coach Marshall and those kids because of the decision Metro made,” Williams said. “It obviously put them in a bad position.”
The lack of game reps definitely showed in the way the Bears played Friday.
Antioch was a mess on both sides of the ball. On offense, the Bears fumbled the ball four times and also had two punts blocked. The inability to move the ball constantly put their defense in bad positions.
Smyrna’s average field position started well into Antioch’s territory on the 31-yard-line. This led to several quick drives for the Bulldog offense. Smyrna will play at Cane Ridge on Friday, while Antioch faces Hunter’s Lane in its home opener.