Saturday, December 12, 2009

West Rowan DE Smith dominates 3A title game

West Rowan defensive end Chris Smith turned in a terrific performance at the N.C. 3A state championship at N.C. State Saturday.

He helped his team to a 28-21 win over Eastern Alamance with a team-high 11 tackles, including 2.5 for loss. He had two sacks and knocked down four passes. Smith was named his team’s defensive MVP but got several votes for Game MVP, which went to teammate K.P. Parks, who rushed for four touchdown.

Smith spent much of the afternoon pushing Eastern linemen into the face of quarterback Lamar Ivey.

Smith, 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds of solid muscle, committed to Arkansas of the SEC in the spring after a visit. He had 27 sacks as a junior and, despite heavy attention from opposing teams, he finished his senior year with 98 tackles, 14.5 sacks and 23.5tackles for a loss.

He runs a 4.5-second 40 yard dash.

“He’s got incredible speed and athleticism,” Falcons coach Scott Young said. “Defensive ends that can rush the passer like he can are at a premium at any level, high school, college or pro and that’s one of the reasons why he’s an SEC athlete. He had an incredible season this year and that was with a (running) back paying attention attention to him or playing against a true double team.”

-- Langston Wertz Jr.


Anonymous said...

So what are you saying about the ACC coach?

Anonymous said...

Hmmm.....why, Langston, is it that MOST NC HS hotshots that dream of SEC glory leave NC and are seldom heard from again....stay instate, and if FB doesn't work out, you're still known as a hero from your HS pays off.

nauticalbeat said...

It would be nice if the Observer would give updated scores of all the area teams in today's state playoffs.

Observer Sports said...

Why do most NC players dream of SEC? I think TV has a lot to do with it. ACC teams get regional coverage and don't hit BCS bowl games. SEC teams do. Kids want to play on TV for big-time programs. if an in-state school were to start winning regularly, it would get most of the best recruits from what is a talent-rich state.

Look what Mack Brown used to do at UNC. Could happen again.

By the way it's truly freezing up here in Raleigh and Butler coach Mike Newsome has on shorts.

-- Langston

Observer Sports said...

Nautical, we do give updated scores. I've been doing it all day. You can follow at the twitter link on our website or visit

-- LWW

Anonymous said...

I've been saying for over a year that Smith and Parks should be the TOP 2 targets for UNC...and they're boh headed out of state. It's a shame that the SEC has become the elite football conference, while tossing aside academics in the process. There's no doubt the ACC isn't close in football terms, but if you want a degree and education that matters...while still being able to play BCS level college football...the ACC is the way to go.

Anonymous said...

You idiots have no clue about SEC academics. There are players every year that cannot play in the SEC but can in the Big East, CUSA, Big 12, etc.

What exactly is it about SEC academic admission standards that is so far below the ACC? Show me the facts. You're full of it. I could make the same accusations about the ACC and basketball, but I'm not the least bit envious of the ACC so I just don't care. You suck at football and you know. Your conference champion might be able to hang with our mid-pack teams though!