Red Bank’s defense leads way to home win against Central

Lions force five turnovers, improve to 4-0

Staff photo by Olivia Ross / Red Bank's Tyler Wright (4) and AD Crutcher (10) celebrate during Friday night's home win against Region 3-4A opponent Central.

Red Bank football coach Ted Gatewood made it a point to tell his players late Friday night that there were still a lot of things to work on after the Lions' 33-7 home win over Central.

But probably not nearly as high on that list will be the defensive end.

Kobe Smith recovered three fumbles, returning two for touchdowns, and the Lions forced five Central turnovers on their way to the 26-point victory, improving to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in Region 3-4A.

Central dropped to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the region.

Smith's two touchdowns were the first of his high school career. The first came on a blocked punt in the first quarter that he scooped up and ran in the final 10 yards for the score, while the second came after the Red Bank defense poked the ball free from Central quarterback Ronye' Watson.