The Smithville Tigers (3-2) overcame a slow start to dominate the Luling Eagles (0-4) 42-7 to halt a two game losing streak in each team's final game before district begins.
The Tigers controlled much of the first half but a fumble deep in Luling territory and a missed 34-yard field goal kept the game scoreless throughout the first quarter. Smithville found the endzone first when Kirt Hawkins took a pass from Lane Otto and escaped for a 53-yard touchdown. Luling responded with a touchdown drive of its own late in the half when Isac Montalbo punched it in from a yard out to tie the game at the half.
Brice Drisdale proceeded to take over the second half with scoring runs of 17 yards in the third and 34 yards in the fourth. It was his 96-yard fumble return early in the fourth, however, that secured the win for the host Tigers. Otto added a 25-yard touchdown run in the third and connected with Hawkins again in the fourth on a 67-yard pitch and catch.
Smithville racked up 468 yards of total offense led by Drisdale's 128 yards rushing on eight carries and Otto's 178 yards passing. Hawkins finished with 134 yards receiving. Luling was led by Montalbo's 67 yards rushing on 18 carries.