Joe Medley's In My Opinion: Saks’ Smith historically good, it turns out
by Joe Medley
jmedley@annistonstar.com
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Saks quarterback Tre Smith accounted for 61 touchdowns in his high school football career. (Photo by Trent Penny)
Saks quarterback Tre Smith accounted for 61 touchdowns in his high school football career. (Photo by Trent Penny)
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Anybody who watched Saks play football during its magical 2013 season could see that Tre Smith was a special player, but Saks and Calhoun County history now know how special.

About seven games into the season, Saks offensive coordinator Michael Easley began quietly tracking Smith’s progress against arguably the school’s greatest player. The coach discovered a shocking statistic that led to a special plaque being awarded at the team’s banquet Friday night.

With seven games still to play, Smith had already broken the school career record for touchdowns. He went on to run, pass and return kicks for 39 scores, and the Wildcats went on to tie a school record with 13 victories, break a school record with a 10-0 regular season and reach the Class 3A semifinals.

Smith’s senior output brought his career total to 61 touchdowns --- an amazing stat, considering he spent the first three years of his prep career as a wide receiver, defensive back and return man.

Smith passed, rushed, received and returned every way possible for touchdowns, and whose record did he break?

You might have heard of Boyce Callahan. His play at Saks and Jacksonville State led to his selection for the Calhoun County Sports Hall of Fame.

Callahan’s prep career total was 39 touchdowns -- 22 shy of Smith’s.

Contact Sports Columnist Joe Medley at jmedley@annistonstar.com.
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