SMYRNA-- The Wilson Central Wildcats season ended on the road Friday night with a 24-2 loss to two-time state champion Smyrna at Robert L. Raikes Stadium.
Wilson Central ended its season at 8-4. Smyrna advanced to the quarterfinals and a trip to Oakland next Friday.
The opening drive of the game saw Wilson Central take the ball into Smyrna territory at the 41-yard line. On a fourth-and11 play, the Wildcats attempted a run play around the left side, but the Smyrna defense stopped them, taking over on downs.
Late in the first quarter, Smyrna scored on a two-play, 42-yard drive as Jarvis Hicks took the ball up the middle, broke a few tackles and raced to the end zone.
Smyrna extended the lead to 14-0 on a short run by Anthony Martin with a little over eight minutes left before halftime.
Wilson Central took over at its 20-yard line on the next possession.
On first down, Alex Raines took the handoff and raced 80 yards to the end zone, but the play was called back on a block-in-the-back penalty, placing the ball at midfield.
Wilson Central punted the ball back to Smyrna, backing the Bulldogs up to the 1.
On its third play, a handoff was given to the Smyrna ball carrier and he was tackled in the end zone for a safety, cutting the lead to 14-2.
The Wildcats got the ball back on their 40-yard line, but failed to turn it into any points and the half ended with Smyrna in the lead 14-2.
Smyrna took the opening possession of the second half and scored a touchdown.
The drive was kept alive on a fourth-down punting play as Wilson Central was called for a roughing-the-kicker penalty that moved the ball to the 20-yard line.
From there, quarterback Steve Wilson found Nick Richardson in the end zone and it was a commanding 21-2 lead for the Bulldogs.
Wilson Central had two drives inside Smyrna territory in the second half.
One drive ended at the 21-yard line and the second drive ended at the Bulldog 1 as Kelten Stewart attempted to score on a fourth-and-goal play from the 8-yard line.
Smyrna went on an 85-yard scoring drive, aided by a big play from Jeremiah Bryson to get the ball out near midfield.
With less than three minutes remaining, Smyrna closed out the scoring with a 31 yard field goal from Chris Yoder.
"I am proud of our kids and how we represented Wilson Central tonight. We showed aÂ lot of character and class. Smyrna made the plays when they had to make them," Wildcat coach Traye Aric said.