SEDALIA — A steady rushing attack along with a stingy defense by Smith-Cotton ended Washington's football season Friday in Sedalia.
Playing in the opening round of Class 5 District 4, fourth-seeded Smith-Cotton knocked off fifth-seeded Washington, 36-7.
The Tigers (4-6) visit top-seeded Camdenton (8-1) in the district semifinals Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Washington (2-8) never got anything going consistently on either side of the ball.
The Blue Jays led 7-0 after one quarter, but were outscored 36-0 for the remainder of the contest.
Washington got on the scoreboard first when Kyle Summers ran 15 yards for a touchdown to make the score 7-0 with 32 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
The Tigers tied the game with 5:42 left in the second quarter on a two-yard touchdown run on fourth down by Dakota Brown, who barely crossed the goal line for a score.
Smith-Cotton scored nine points in the final 21 seconds of the first half.
A 30-yard field goal by Chance McMullin gave the Tigers a 10-7 lead with 21 seconds left in the second quarter.
Washington then got the ball back after recovering an onside kick.
After the Blue Jays ran a couple of plays, time appeared to run out in the first half, but Washington called a timeout with two seconds left.
Half of Smith-Cotton's team was off the field and toward the locker room, but was called back for the final play.
Washington then attempted a hook-and-ladder, which was broken up and recovered by Smith-Cotton's McMullin, who raced 45 yards for a touchdown to make the score 16-7 at intermission.
The final play of the first half turned out to be a momentum killer for the Blue Jays.
The Tigers put the game away in the third quarter and early into the fourth, outscoring the Blue Jays 20-0 in a span covering 12:05.
Quarterback Caleb Reed tossed a 44-yard touchdown pass to McMullin and Jacob Weeks ran nine yards for a score to increase the lead to 30-7 after three quarters.
Just five seconds into the fourth quarter, Brown ran 10 yards for a score to make the score 36-7.
McMullin and Brown both scored two touchdowns for Smith-Cotton.
Playing in his final game of his WHS career, Summers carried the ball 22 times for 133 yards and scored the the team's lone touchdown.
W-Kyle Summers 15 run (Aaron Meyer kick), :32
S- Dakota Brown 2 run (Chance McMullin kick), 5:42
S-McMullin 30 FG, :21
S-McMullin 45 fumble return (kick failed), :00
S-McMullin 44 pass from Caleb Reed (McMullin kick), 8:31
S-Jacob Weeks 9 run (McMullin kick), 4:00
S-Brown 10 run (kick failed), 11:55