Opponents of Cameron Yoe know Traion Smith will carry the ball.Â Â But stopping the 5-8, 190-pound senior running back poses a big problem.
In his two seasons as a starter, Smith has rushed for 4,610 yards and 64 touchdowns.Â Â During this span, the running back has broken the 100-yard barrier 26 times and the 200-yard mark three times in leading the Yoemen to their second and third consecutive state championships.
â€œItâ€™s been all about my lineman, basically,â€ he told Jason Orts of theÂ WacoÂ Tribune-Herald.Â Â â€œI have to keep myself healthy.Â Â I have to make sure I stay in the weight room and take care of my business.â€
Smith saves some of best performances for the state title games.Â Â As a sophomore, he captured the MVP award with 157 yards on 22 carries and four touchdowns in a 35-14 win over Wall.Â Â Last year, he matched that performance with 123 yards on 22 carries and five touchdowns as the Yoemen downedÂ MineolaÂ 70-40.
â€œThatâ€™s hard work and dedication paying off,â€ he remarked to theÂ Trib.Â Â â€œWhen youâ€™re motivated and positive, it should happen.â€
For Cameron Yoe to achieve its fourth straight championship, the Yeomen must rely on a new quarterback, junior Jacob Smitherman.Â Â But Smith feels fully confident his new signal caller can handle the job.
â€œI think heâ€™ll do a good job,â€ he commented to Cody Coil of KBTX.Â Â â€œHeâ€™s been doing good this summer so he should have a good year.â€
Despite Smithâ€™s gridiron success, college recruiters have not been pounding on his door or flooding his cell phone with texts.Â Â Although he has yet to receive a single scholarship offer, the running back believes the future will take of itself.
â€œIt is somewhat (frustrating), but I canâ€™t worry about that,â€ he stated to theÂ Trib.Â Â â€œMaybe this season, theyâ€™ll come through if I have another big year.â€