Cole Smith sets Tennessee state career passing yardage record

Friday night was both a record-setting and a painful night for Christian Academy of Knoxville (Tenn.) quarterback Cole Smith. The Warrior senior broke the state passing record in a 42-27 win over McMinn Central before exiting for precautionary reasons with a sore shoulder in the third quarter.

“It was just a little sore,” said Smith. “I’ll be good. We’ve got a little bye week to rest up on it. Nothing but soreness.”

Smith completed 12 of 20 passes for 174 yards and four touchdowns before leaving the game, giving him 11,032 for his career. That surpasses the mark of 10,978 yards set by CAK quarterback Charlie High in 2012.

“It’s a really fun night,” Smith said. “It’s a single award, but I wouldn’t be able to do it without my five offensive linemen and wide receivers.

Smith’s record-breaking pass came on a 43-yard touchdown to Bill Bower with 9:41 left in the second quarter. Stewart Howell caught Smith’s other three touchdowns, covering 3, 10, and 11 yards.

CAK coach Travis Mozingo knows the importance of having a healthy Smith to the team’s playoff run. CAK (8-1, 4-0 in Region 2-3A) will play Alcoa in a Week 11, winner-take-all matchup for Region 2-3A.

“We plan games around him,” said Mozingo. “His stats tell the story, but with his work ethic, he makes everybody around him better.”