Archive for Thursday, December 20, 2007

Smith adds another All-State nod to list of honors

December 20, 2007

The postseason honors continue to roll in for Justin Smith.

One week after the Lansing High senior was named a first-team All-State performer by The Topeka Capital-Journal, he earned his second All-State nod when he was selected to the Kansas Football Coaches Association's Class 5A team.

Smith was recognized for his play at strong safety, where he was among Lansing's statistical leaders in every category. He was third on the team with 85 total tackles, first with 33 unassisted tackles, first in fumble recoveries and first in interceptions. He took both of his fumble recoveries back for touchdowns, and he did the same with one of his two picks.

He was a first-team All-Kaw Valley League selection on defense.

Although not honored on the offensive side of the ball, Smith had some jaw-dropping moments - such as he come-out-of-nowhere diving catch against KC-Washington during the district playoffs. He finished the season with 13 catches for 378 yards and three touchdowns. He earned honorable mention All-KVL status as a receiver.

Included on the Class 4A team were Kaw Valley League players Ethan Douglas and Swede Johnson of Basehor-Linwood.

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