Thursday, August 29, 2013
Going into the season opener, Luke Smith was likely a name that was off the radar to everyone outside of the coaching staff.
The senior safety came up big, though, with a timely interception that he ran back for a 94-yard touchdown. That score ended up being called back, equalling nothing more than a 15-yard gain, but Smith’s effort showed in other ways as well. He led the team in tackles with eight, had a tackle for a loss and broke up a pass.
For those efforts, he was chosen as the first Star Player of the Week for this season.
“It’s a big honor,” Smith said with a smile on his face.
Smith noted that the coaching staff had him prepared to be in the right place at the right time.
“It was a play I had seen all week in practice, so I was well prepared,” he said. “I just read the ball, caught it and sprinted to the end zone.”
North Augusta High School head coach Dan Pippin said that Smith was “very deserving” of the honor.