ROCKDALE -- The Battle of the Bell is supposed to be one of those classic rivalries -- a tight, thrilling contest that could go either way.
The fourth-ranked Cameron Yoemen made sure this year's edition was neither.
Yoe running back Traion Smith broke a 70-yard touchdown run on the second play of the game, and Rockdale never recovered as the Yoemen avenged last year's Battle of the Bell loss with a 27-6 victory in the District 10-3A Division I opener.
"All we talked about was stopping Smith, which I thought we did a decent job of, but not on that second play," Rockdale coach Jeff Miller said. "He was untouched. They didn't trick us or anything. They did something we figured they were going to do. They did a good job of blocking it and sealed us on the outside and off to the races."
Smith's long TD run set the tone for much of the first half as the Tigers (4-2, 0-1) struggled in the face of the early deficit.
"It was huge in a big rivalry game like this," Yoe coach Rick Rhoades said. "Our first play, they stuffed us. For [Smith] to come back and be able to do that, that was huge."
Cameron's Sicory Smith juggled a pass from quarterback Jacob Smitherman before sprinting away for a 64-yard touchdown pass with 1:11 left in the first quarter.
Traion Smith then added the second of his three touchdowns with a 2-yard smash with 4:23 left in the second quarter to put the Yoemen (5-1, 1-0) ahead 21-0.
Midway through the third quarter, Traion Smith had a 34-yard touchdown run, and the Yoemen cruised from there.
The Tigers had a couple big moments in the first half. Davion Ford broke a 28-yard run immediately after Traion Smith's second score, and quarterback David Franklin had a 30-yard pass to Jaquayln Crawford to provide a spark in the final seconds of the half, but both drives ended without points.
A penalty, a dropped pass and a fumble forced Rockdale to punt following Ford's big run, and Cameron's Titus Lewis intercepted Franklin immediately after Crawford's reception.
"We did have some plays and we were able to chew up some clock," Miller said. "That was one of our goals was to control the football and chew up the clock. I should have included that we needed to score also because we did have a few possessions where we got down inside the 25 or 30 and just stalled out."
The Tigers staved off the shutout with a 68-yard touchdown pass from Franklin to Lara with 6:52 left. The big pass helped Franklin finish with 164 passing yards, leading the Tigers' offense.
Traion Smith finished with 174 yards rushing while Smitherman passed for 214.
Rockdale will try to get back on track next Friday against Lago Vista while Yoe hosts Troy.