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Warriors suffer first season loss at Pink Ribbon Game

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Junior Brian Boyd, starting linebacker, walks with his grandmother, Levon Boyd. Levon Boyd is a breast cancer survivor.

Junior Brian Boyd, starting linebacker, walks with his grandmother, Levon Boyd. Levon Boyd is a breast cancer survivor.

Photo by McKenna Hill

Photo by McKenna Hill

Junior Brian Boyd, starting linebacker, walks with his grandmother, Levon Boyd. Levon Boyd is a breast cancer survivor.

McKenna Hill, Managing Editor

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The Smithville Warriors are no longer undefeated after losing 14-7 to the Chillicothe Hornets on Friday, October 6 during their pink ribbon game.

“They’re really going to feel this tomorrow morning,” said Justin Corcoran, running back coach. “They’ll be really sore, both mentally and physically, but the boys will need to work this out.”

Previously, the Warriors had been first in MEC conference with a 7-0 record. After this loss, however, Smithville was now tied with Chillicothe.

“The boys got cocky,” said junior Malia Pak, football manager. “They lost this game when they lost their attitudes.”

Coming off of a big win, Smithville had beat Maryville for the first time in many seasons the past Friday, September 29.

“Even though the boys are always so good about being a really cohesive team, it wasn’t showing tonight. This team is a family, but tonight they were bickering and fighting over petty little things that usually wouldn’t matter,” Pak said.

The Warriors started the game out strong, putting a touchdown from a 97 yard drive on the board before halftime. Chillicothe followed through in the second half, however, bringing the game to a tie at the end of the third quarter and scoring again at the end of the fourth, leaving Smithville with little opportunities to make a comeback.

“We came out with the same strength we do every game, but we were just not able to keep it this time,” said Darren Shafer, athletic director. “The Hornets were just pushing harder than we were tonight.”

Even though Smithville was not able to win their pink ribbon game, they were able to bring awareness to bring awareness and support to the cancer survivors of students and staff for the eleventh consecutive year.

“It’s a bummer that we couldn’t pull through this game, since it’s such a good cause,” Pak said. “It’s really nice to see all of the support for these people though. It brings the community together.”

After that loss, Smithville moved on to face Cameron on Friday, October 13. The Warriors were able to come back with a win, beating Cameron 49-8. However, Smithville remains tied with Chillicothe for the conference championships with a record of 8-1.

“These kids always come out to play hard,” said Shafer. “I only hope they can finish their season as well as they started it.”

The Warriors take on the Savannah Savages for the district title Friday, Oct. 20 on their home field.

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