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Player of the Week: North Hall's Andrew Smith

POSTED: October 15, 2012 8:35 p.m.

North Hall’s Andrew Smith just wants to be on the field any way he can in any position the team needs him.

According to coach Bob Christmas, Smith is a great all-around athlete with superb instincts who can make plays and loves the game.

Smith serves as one of two quarterbacks for the Trojans, but he is also the team’s leading tackler, a receiver, the punt returner, a kick returner, a free safety and a running back. In other words, Smith can do it all.

Just last Friday, Smith recorded 85 yards on four carries for North Hall along with two touchdown passes in the first half on offense and 13 solo tackles with five assists and one pass break-up on defense.

For his efforts, Smith has been named The Times Player of the Week.

“Wherever they can find me a position, I’ll play,” Smith said. “I don’t want to be sitting and watching.”

Smith credits a lot of his and the team’s success to their strong offensive line, but Christmas knows that the team would not be able to put up 63 points like it did in last Friday’s game without players such as Smith.

“Andrew is one of those players who can make something out of nothing,” Christmas said, “He plays at a very fast speed.”

Christmas also emphasized how much natural football ability Smith has and how the Trojans knew he would be an important asset to the team when he saw time in a starting position as a sophomore.

“He started for us as a 10th grader at free safety. Not many 10th graders start for us,” Christmas said. “We thought early on as a ninth grader that he was a kid that could play varsity.”

Although this season’s North Hall team is extremely balanced in terms of who handles the football, Christmas and the rest of the Trojans trust Smith in almost anything he does because he works so hard to play at his very best.

When Christmas knew that Fannin County would focus on defending the running game, the Trojans went with a play-action pass to score on the Rebels, and later, when Smith dropped back and saw that his receiver was covered by the Fannin County defense, he scrambled until he found an open man.

“Those are the kinds of things Andrew does,” Christmas said. “He is just so instinctive as a football player, some of those things you just don’t coach.”

While some of Smith’s ability comes from his instinct, the rest comes from his work ethic because of how much he loves the sport.

“He’s such an inspiration to everyone with how hard he plays,” Christmas said. “He just loves being a football player, or baseball player, or whatever ball he’s playing with. I love coaching him because he has so much fun.”


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