The amazing senior season of DeShawn Smith from Nature Coast in Brooksville, Fla., is over, but not before more records and more heroics.
Nature Coast lost to Green Cove Springs Clay 40-28 on Friday night for a berth in the Florida 5A state semifinals, a game that Nature Coast led 21-20 at one point.
Smith scored all four of Nature Coast’s TDs — two rushing and two receiving — to finish with 67 on the season. According to the National Federation record book, that number equals Mike Hart’s total in 2003 at Onondaga in Central New York before his career at Michigan. Only T.A. McLendon (Abermale, N.C.) with 71 in 2001 and Kellen Overstreet (Hamilton Penney, Mo.) with 70 in 2014 have scored more.
He had games with six TDs three times and one game with seven.
The 5-8, 185-pound Smith averaged more than 5 TDs per game for the season. Nature Coast had been unbeaten before Friday’s loss.
Smith finished with 120 yards rushing for a total of 3,676, which leads the nation. Entering this season, only three other backs in Hernando County had eclipsed 4,000 yards in their career; Smith came pretty close in a season and averaged more than 16 yards per carry.
However, the 120 was his lowest yardage total of the year and he had 44 yards on 10 carries in the first half and also fumbled. His previous low was 156 in the season opener.
Friday, his two rushing touchdowns amazingly came on fourth down, and these weren’t dives in from the 1. Both came from the 11-yard line.
He also had 110 yards receiving on two catches, including an amazing 65-yard grab.
But the magic ended on a season for the ages. Clay advances to play Wakulla next week in the state semifinals in Orlando.