He started the season with a 57-yard performance against Lake Brantley. No worries, however, he had Qua Barnes and Keon Brooks, always right there to carry some of the load. Then he had 125 yards against Wekiva, carried just six times for 20 yards against Edgewater, then had 102 yards on ESPN against South Lake, 81 yards against Miami Jackson and did not play in Week six, nursing an ankle injury into a bye week.
Then came poor East Ridge. The unbeaten Knights rolled into Apopka last week thinking they might be able to pull off a similar feat to 2008, when Jeremy Wright was running for 2,000+ yards and East Ridge was rolling.
Not so fast.
Smith, who has committed to sign with Tennessee, had the game of his life against East Ridge with 332 yards and 5 touchdowns before limping off the field near the end of the first half. It turned out that Apopka needed every inch as they held off the Knights 43-29 and take a stronghold off the Class 6A, District 5 standings.
He mashed the Knights with a steady diet of off-tackle blasts behind massive junior Ty Darlington, hard-nosed blocking back Ian Spek. He carried 16 times for 226 yards and four TDs in the first half alone. He returned from halftime a bit late, but toughed it out the rest of the game to score another TD and gain 106 more yards.
His were not the only heroics in this game, however. For East Ridge, senior quarterback Mike Ferrera-Weed passed for 254 yards and four TDs, bringing his totals for the season to 14 TD passes and 1,227 yards passing. West Virginia-bouond WR Dante Campbell had six catches for 101 yards and two TDs -- he now has 28 catches for 444 yards and seven TDS. Randy Bergan added 122 yards rushing.
Else where in Central Florida during Week 8:
Hagerty 30, Oviedo 27: Senior quarterback Jeff Driskel ran for 77 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 246 yards and another TD as the Huskies pulled off the upset in a key Class 5A, District 3 game.Andreus Dubose's interception in the end zone with 1 minute left sealed the win. Oviedo running back Anthony Gonzalez ran 27 times for 152 yards and one TD, and Qamar Lewis returned an interception 59 yards for a TD and rushed for another score.
Dr. Phillips 56, Oak Ridge 28: In a game that was much closer than the score for three quarters, Dee Hart scored four touchdowns for the Panthers (7-0, 3-0 in 6A, Dist. 6) and Nick Patti threw for two touchdowns and ran for another. Hart finished with 120 yards on 20 carries. Oak Ridge (5-2, 1-2) was led by quarterback Andre Scott, who threw for three touchdowns and ran for 101 yards and a touchdown.Oak Ridge WR Ricky Harper had three catches for 113 yards and one touchdown. Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix returned a punt 47 yards for a Dr. Phillips TD.
Sanford Seminole 41, Lake Brantley 23: Seminole clinched its third straight Class 6A-3 title. QB T.J. Thompson completed 12 of 20 passes for 261 yards and four touchdowns. Ron Moore Jr. caught seven of those passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns. Standout linebacker Serderius Bryant lined up at running back and had two touchdown runs.
Timber Creek 31, Colonial 7: RB Kyle Snead rushed for 169 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries and added a touchdown catch as Timber Creek stayed alive in Class 6A, District 4. Wolves QB Jesse McNinch completed 13 of 19 passes for 131 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. WR Blake Gwizdalski had seven receptions, 70 yards and two touchdowns. For Colonial, standout junior WR Derek Knott had five catches for 96 yards and a TD.
Edgewater 28, Kissimmee Harmony 14: WR Ray Roberts caught two TD passes from QB J.B. Woodman for 84 and 7 yards as the Eagles did what they had to in this victory. The sophomore Woodman was 4 of 12 passing for 117 yards, with two TDs and two interceptions, and he also rushed for a 16-yard score. Roberts caught three passes for 111 yards and two TDs.
Winter Park 52, University 7: Iowa State-bound QB Sam Richardson threw four first-half touchdown passes and sophomore running back Ian Banks-Tillman carried eight times for 115 yards. Richardson was 12 of 17 for 242 yards and 5 TDs, including two to WR Dominique Rouse. University running back D.J. Holley's one-yard plunge was the first rushing TD given up by the Wildcats this year.
Jones 46, South Sumter 0: Safety Cameron Montgomery intercepted a pass and returned it for a 41-yard touchdown on the opening play. QB Angelo Warner had 210 yards and three touchdowns on 10-of-14 passing and ran for 87 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore WR Kermit Whitfield hooked up with Warner for a 72-yard touchdown reception.
Winter Springs 57, Lake Howell 34: RB Ryan Petro scored five touchdowns, four on the ground. A couple of future stars at Lake Howell had big nights. Sophomore QB Michael McCoy led Lake Howell, passing for 275 yards and four touchdowns. Junior WR Kelvin Coney caught three touchdown passes and had 192 receiving yards.
Olympia 33, Ocoee 7: QB Taylor Eakin completed passes to five different receivers and finished with 182 yards in the air. RB Isiah Bolden had 64 yards rushing before leaving with an ankle injury in the second quarter. WR Isiah Myers finished with 4 receptions for 104 yards and a 36-yard TD catch. The Titan defense held Ocoee to 40 total yards.
Daytona Beach Mainland 38, Deltona Pine Ridge 6: RB Marlin Lane scored two touchdowns and QB Shelton Willis combined with Cortez Davis for 98 yards and a touchdown. The Bucs also got 79 yards rushing from Mookie Lee. Willis finished 11 of 18 for 154.