Smith’s big night not enough for Spring Hill against Columbia


Smith’s big night not enough for Spring Hill against Columbia

The Spring Hill Raiders gave up two unanswered touchdowns in the fourth quarter to fall at Columbia Central 31-21 Friday.

Spring Hill running back Dontae Smith registered 280 rushing yards, 47 passing yards and three touchdowns (1 pass).

The Raiders fall to 4-2 with the loss. They visit Maplewood next week.

Columbia quarterback Darien Davis ran for a 3-yard touchdown to give the Lions a 7-0 lead with 7:28 left in the first quarter.

RJ Bailey extended the lead to 14-0 with a 7-yard touchdown run a minute into the third quarter.

Smith responded with a 58-yard touchdown run on the first play of the ensuing drive.

Columbia pushed its lead to 21-7 when it returned a Smith fumble five yards for a score midway through the frame.

Smith’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Blake Terrance cut Spring Hill’s deficit to 21-13 with 1:37 left in the third quarter. The ensuing extra point was blocked.

The Raiders tied the game with a 70-yard touchdown run by Smith and a two-point conversion by quarterback TJ Ennis with 9:32 left in the game.

Davis scored a 26-yard touchdown and Andrew Owens hit an 18-yard field goal to secure the win in the final eight minutes.

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