18-year-old Hunter Smith is a senior at Central High School and an exceptional football player. In a recent game against Clearfield, he rushed for 191 yards and four touchdowns, caught three passes for 27 yards, and scored another touchdown. He also led the team with 11 tackles, punted twice, and converted five extra-point kicks. These impressive skills helped his team win in double overtime in the PIAA Class 3A playoffs.
Overall, Smith has been an outstanding performer this season. He has rushed for 977 yards and 23 touchdowns while making 100 tackles for the undefeated Dragons (12-0). His team will next face Hickory in the PIAA quarterfinals on Friday.
Coach Dave Baker praised Smith’s performance and said that he did everything right at crucial moments. Smith enjoys statistics as a subject in school and is taught by his favorite teacher, Mr. Logan. In his free time, he loves to play sports and lift weights. His favorite movie is “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and his go-to meal is chicken and rice. He hopes to attend college one day and earn a degree while living a great life.
One interesting fact about Smith is that he started playing football by playing flag football as a child. His dream is to attend college one day and live a fulfilling life just like pro athlete Neil Walker inspires him. He credits his family as the most influential people in his athletic career, including his proudest achievement of winning a state baseball championship before turning to football full time.