Losing second team all-conference split end Josh Dean to graduation meant that someone would have to fill the void.
And in that time Danny Bokinsky and Trevor Abbott have emerged as reliable targets.
Bokinsky and Abbott worked the open areas of the Eagles defense and accounted for seven of Kmetz’s 12 completions against Smyrna.
Each time they were targeted, Bokinsky and Abbott answered.
Twice Bokinsky made receptions in heavy traffic and nearly scored on his fourth reception after finding the open area along Smyrna’s sideline while Kmetz scrambled.
Abbott secured three receptions on Kmetz slant passes.
Abbott’s eight receptions for 133 yards in the last two games surpass his catch and yard total for the first five games of the season. He had seven catches for 55 yards with a five-catch, 35-yard week two performance against Stephen Decatur accounting for most of it.
Throughout the off-season, Bunting noted that all of his wide receivers and skill players worked tirelessly to improve the passing game and that their efforts have been well worth it.
“Bokinsky and Abbott [among others] have been in the gym since January running patterns and working on their hands and it’s all beginning to pay off,” Bunting said. “I just can’t say enough.
“They’re really getting comfortable with their roles and they’re stepping up. All the wide receivers are.”