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Another milestone: Mike Smith approaches his 500th game

Another milestone: Mike Smith approaches his 500th game

What many have forgotten, if they knew in the first place, is how poorly it began. In Mike Smith's first game as Hampton High's head coach, the Crabbers were beaten 24-13 by First Colonial. In his second, Hampton lost 32-14 to Ferguson. Think about it. Under this 30-year-old newbie from the absolute tip of Southwestern Virginia, the mighty Crabbers were 0-2 for the first time in a decade. But the school stuck by him. Forty-one years later, the King of Queen Street remains on the job. And on Thursday night, Smith will coach his 500th career game — all coming at Hampton. To put that in perspective, Smith's nine counterparts in the Peninsula District have coached in a...

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