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Smith paces Crushers in undefeated campaign

Dylan Smith carries the ball against Napa on April 16, 2021. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo
Dylan Smith carries the ball against Napa on April 16, 2021. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo

The offseason was a challenge for Vintage junior running back and outside linebacker Dylan Smith.

Like many others, Smith wondered if a season would commence. The schedule was pushed from the fall into January. Then February. Then March.

Would one ever happen?

“Honestly, it was rough,” Smith said. “There was a point where I didn’t think we were going to have a season, but our coaches and everybody, my parents gave me the support I needed to stick it through. 

“I’m glad they did.”

In what turned out to be a six-game slate, Smith shined whenever his number was called.

Part of an undefeated 6-0 Crushers squad, who finished the season at No. 12 in the Bay Area Football Rankings, Smith rushed for 827 yards and 15 touchdowns while averaging 14.8 yards per carry. 

Four of those games turned out to be days of 100-plus yards. The season opener was 112 yards on five carries. He averaged more than 20 yards per carry on three separate occasions.

Despite only 56 carries in six games, as Vintage blew opponents out of the water by a combined 321-27, Smith finished as the No. 2 rusher in the North Coast Section – only behind Heritage sophomore Devon Rivers (911), who just received his first Division I offer from New Mexico.

“Just hard work and dedication,” Smith said. “It took a lot. Took a lot. It was a lot of years leading up to this one.”

This type of success was evident in Smith ever since he first touched the football at 7 years old.

“Just had the confidence,” Smith said. “I knew I was better than the other kids and knew I could see it coming. I could see. I wanted to be out here ever since I was 7 years old.”

The recruiting process is slow currently for Smith, who said he has yet to hear from a college football program.

But he is staying patient for his dreams. 

“That’s my goal,” Smith said. “That’s my dream. Has been forever.”

Smith hopes to continue this trend of Crushers football – coming off two North Coast Section semifinals appearances and now an undefeated campaign – and create one more special season before college.

“Hopefully to win out next year and go play college somewhere,” Smith said.

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