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Smiths Station, Ala. – Mark Rose's 2013 squad is raising the bar at Smiths Station and making school history. The Panthers defeated Alma Bryant 28-21 last Friday in the first round of the 6A playoffs and will head on the road this Friday to Enterprise.
"It was a great team win," head coach Rose said about the Alma Bryant win. "It was our first playoff win in the history of 6A football at Smiths Station. When we beat Valley (in the regular season finale) it was the first time for eight wins in 6A football. Now nine wins last week. We hosted a playoff game for the first time since 1997 and the first time ever in 6A. It was big for us, and to get a win was really good."
Smiths Station started the year 7-0, including a season opening game at home versus Enterprise.
"We played them the first game and won 34-28," Rose said. "They had the ball on the last play of the game, and we stopped them. This one is going to be a war."
With the 7-0 start Smiths Station had climbed to as high as #2 in the state. However, it subsequently lost games to Carver-Montgomery and Central-Phenix City to get the #2 seed in the region.
It was good enough for a home playoff game and an 8-2 regular season.
"We were up 21-7 and we let them score with about five seconds left in the first half to make it 21-14," Rose said of the win against Alma Bryant. "That's what made it a dog fight. We turned the ball over a couple of times in the first half, but we were really balanced offensively.
"Our defense played great," Rose continued. "In the second half it was scoreless in the third quarter. We picked up a fumble and ran it back for a touchdown to make it 28-14. We were playing great defense so we were playing a lot more conservative. The last drive of the fourth quarter it was 28-21 and we had about 5:30 minutes left, and we ran 10 straight running plays and grinded out the clock. We left them with about 15 seconds left on the clock deep in their territory. I was proud of our offense stepping up and killing the clock, and winning the game."
Senior athlete Johnny Woods, who plays mostly receiver and safety, played a big part in the win and has been a leader all year for Smiths Station.
"Johnnie had a great game last week," Rose said. "I think four catches for 74 yards. He had a huge touchdown run in the first half for 23 yards. He had a big run on the double handoff in the fourth quarter to pick up a first down. On top of that he intercepted the last ball they threw up to end the game. Johnny has been a great player for us.
Running back DeVante Marshall played a huge role in wins versus Auburn and Opelika this year, both games considered big upsets at the time.
"Devante Marshall will I-AA or somewhere," Rose noted. "He's gotten some attention too. He's rushed for over 1,000 in the best region in the state of Alabama. Obviously Opelika has one of the best defenses I ever lined up against and he had 165 yards against them. He's had a great year."
Another outstanding player for Smiths Station is Amonte Caban, a junior who will likely be one of the top-rated linebackers in the state of Alabama for next year.