Smyrna wins 5th straight, dominates Milford 42-0

Wayne Knight of the Eagles gets a block and scampers into the end zone for a two-point conversion in the first half. Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

SMYRNA — C.J. Smith felt the entire opposing team behind him, trying to chase him down — twice.

“Everything moves so fast,” Smith said. “I was running for my life, basically.”

Smith pulled in a pair of long touchdown passes to highlight an offensive explosion by Smyrna as the Eagles celebrated Homecoming with a 42-0 victory over Milford High in a Henlopen Conference Northern Division matchup Friday night. It was the fifth win in a row for Smyrna (4-0 Henlopen North, 5-2 overall).

Smith, a senior wide receiver, provided a 52-yard touchdown in the first quarter before sprinting for a 77-yard score in the second.

“He’s a tough, hard-working kid,” said Smyrna High coach Mike Judy. “It’s hard to be a skill guy, those guys are naturally super-competitive so they want to contribute to every win, more than just blocking. They want some statistics. He’s put in his time and waited so it was nice to see him get two.”

Cijoin Smith of Smyrna takes a short pass in the first quarter and races 52 yards for a touchdown against Milford.

“C.J. is a special dude,” said Smyrna junior quarterback Aidan Sanchez. “That’s been my guy since he came to Smyrna. To see him have a night like this on his last Homecoming as a senior, that’s more exciting than anything. Love seeing him go out and do his thing. He can get some yards when he gets in space that’s for sure.”

Sanchez also had a big night.

The quarterback finished 13-of-15 with 344 yards. Sanchez was the source of five first half touchdowns — four passing and one on the ground.

The first offensive play by Smyrna was a sign of things to come. Sanchez connected with Devin Smith over the middle for a 24-yard gain.

The two again hooked up just two plays later on virtually the same route for a 71-yard touchdown.

Next up was C.J. Smith’s turn as Sanchez picked him out over the middle behind the Milford defense on the first play of a drive for a 52-yard touchdown. Sanchez then scored on a four-yard rush before hitting Smith again for the 77-yard touchdown on the next drive.

Smyrna’s Thomas Smith intercepts a pass intended for Joanel Munroe of the Bucs.

Sanchez completed a 36-point first half by running a two-minute drill to get the Eagles in the end zone with 14 seconds remaining in the second quarter.

He completed a pair of passes to Jaalil Price, then two more to Wayne Knight before finding Makhi Jackson for a 15-yard touchdown, completing the drive.

Sanchez’s performance came just a few weeks after he had to miss a game with an injury after taking a big hit against Salesianum.

“It’s the definition of going through adversity and coming back stronger,” C.J. Smith said of his quarterback. “Aidan is a great quarterback, I think he’s one of the best in the state. It’s a blessing to see him come out here and do something like that.”

Smyrna defensive back Tommy Smith rounded out the scoring and sealed the shutout with a 98-yard interception returned for a touchdown as the only points scored in the second half.

It was the second shutout for Smyrna in the past three games.

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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