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 a lot of character and class. Smyrna made the plays when they had to make them," Wildcat coach Traye Aric said.