MEXIA — After losing in the Battle of the River last year, the water is flowing the Blackcats’ way again.

In the 79th football meeting between the two longtime rivals, Jadrian Smith ran for four touchdowns to push Mexia over the visiting Goats. Just like last year, the team that came into the game at 0-2 was the victor over the team that started at 2-0.

The win also extended a long home winning streak by Mexia, which hasn’t lost to Groesbeck on its home turf since 1986.

Smith was a major reason why. He had TD runs of 35 and 18 yards in the first half as the Blackcats (1-2) opened up a 15-8 lead at the break, then kept up his strong running after the break with two more touchdowns, from 5 and 3 yards out.

Groesbeck (2-1) actually struck first, sacking Mexia’s Travion Clark in the end zone in the first quarter for a safety and a 2-0 lead. The Goats later led again at 8-7 on Ty Hale’s 14-yard connection with Landen Frazier, but the Mexia defense buckled down thereafter. They harassed Hale often, and essentially clinched the win with a strip sack in the fourth quarter.

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