Nick Smith carries Kingfisher to Class 3A football title

Sophomore accounts for all 30 points as Yellowjackets beat defending champion Blanchard.
by Jacob Unruh Modified: December 20, 2013 at 9:24 am •  Published: December 19, 2013


photo - The Kingfisher Yellowjackets celebrate with the gold ball trophy after winning the 3A state high school football championship game against the Blanchard Lions at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Friday, Dec. 19, 2013. Kingfisher won, 30-23.  Photo by KT King/For the Oklahoman
The Kingfisher Yellowjackets celebrate with the gold ball trophy after winning the 3A state high school football championship game against the Blanchard Lions at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Friday, Dec. 19, 2013. Kingfisher won, 30-23. Photo by KT King/For the Oklahoman

— Nick Smith never saw the spotlight coming.

It found its way to him, though.

With the Blanchard defense focusing on Kingfisher star running back Landon Nault, Smith put on display of what the future holds for the Yellowjackets with a performance of a lifetime Thursday night.

Smith scored each of Kingfisher's 30 points to lead the second-ranked Yellowjackets past defending champion Blanchard 30-23 at Boone Pickens Stadium for the Class 3A state football championship.

“I've never even dreamt of this,” said Smith, a 5-foot-8, 173-pound sophomore. “We were just going to do the same thing all year, just run our offense the best we can.”

Kingfisher (15-0) last won the Class 3A title in 2003. The Yellowjackets also lost two of the last three championship games, including last season's to Blanchard.

This time, though, there was a difference maker in Smith, who rushed for four touchdowns and 231 yards, kicked a field goal, made 3 of 4 extra-point attempts and even punted.

“It was awesome,” Kingfisher coach Jeff Myers said. “We knew he was a great talent. He played for us as a freshman last year in this game.

“We knew they were going to be keying hard on Landon. For him to step up to have the performance he did on top of kicking and punting, I'm proud of him.”

Smith started the scoring early, breaking loose for a 75-yard TD run on the first play of the Yellowjackets' second possession. After missing the PAT, he made up for it with a 35-yard field goal on the next possession.


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