Playing on Saturday night seemed to suit the Greenwood High School football team just fine.
The Bulldogs collected 478 yards of total offense en route to a 34-6 win over visiting Holmes County Central before a packed house at Bulldog Stadium.
Greenwood (2-0) stays in the friendly confines of its stadium next week at it entertains Cleveland Central, which dropped a 7-6 decision to Horn Lake Friday night.
“The kids really wanted this one tonight. We moved the ball well on offense, and DeAndre (Smith) came out on fire with his passes. He and the group of receivers we have did an awfully good job,” said GHS coach Clinton Gatewood, who returned to the sidelines after last week’s season-opening 48-12 win over Leflore County.
Gatewood serves as chief of athletics for the Greenwood Leflore Consolidated School District as well as head coach of the Bulldogs.
Smith, just a sophomore, was 16 of 22 for 335 yards and three touchdowns. He also threw for one 2-point conversion and ran for a 2-yard score. He finished with 34 yards rushing on five tries.
Smith hit senior wide receiver Kobe Chambers for a 68-yard scoring strike at the 4:53 mark of the first quarter. Chambers outraced the Holmes County secondary to the end zone.
The first quarter ended with GHS on top 6-0.
In the second frame, the wheels began to fall off the Jaguars (0-2). Smith scored on a quarterback sneak on the first play of the period to make it 12-0. Smith and junior receiver Daylin Metcalf connected from nine yards out at the 7:34 mark. Smith found Chambers for the conversion and a 20-0 lead.
Holmes got on the scoreboard just two minutes later on a scamper by its quarterback, Reko Walden.
The Bulldogs drove down the field at will as Smith picked apart the Jaguar defense. He capped their final scoring drive of the second frame with a 34-yard TD pass to Warren Smith Jr. Metcalf was true on the PAT for a 27-6 cushion headed to the break.
Greenwood’s final score came at the midway point of the third quarter when backup quarterback Dazarion Perez scored from two yards out. Metcalf made it 34-6 with the PAT.
Perez finished 4 of 9 for 42 yards with an interception. Smith had four receptions for 85 yards, and Chambers had three grabs for 80 yards. Metcalf finished with six receptions for 68 yards, and Quanterius Silas had four catches for 62 yards. Davaris Pilcher had three catches for 33 yards.
Jamarion Addison led the ground game for GHS with 60 yards on 13 carries.
Altoryian Sandifer had eight tackles, a fumble recovery and forced a fumble to spark the defense. Davin Anderson and Zavian Shelly had seven tackles each. Shelly also broke up two passes.
Travor Randle had six stops and broke up four passes, and Omar Emmons and Jaterrious Elam had three tackles and an interception each.