Smith-Led Defense Scores Shutout

DURHAM, N.C. --- Oh, how the times have changed. Once the laugh of the PAC 6 Conference, Durham (N.C.) Hillside is now considered one of the top teams in NCHSAA's 4A classification. Instead of being shutout, the Hornets are delivering blowouts to the dismay of their opponents.

"We get beat for three years and then we start to win and they say we're running up the score on them," said Tar Heel commitment Jonathan Smith.

The Smith-led defense shutout conference foe Chapel Hill (N.C.) East, 70-0, Friday to break the school record for most points scored in a game.

"We just went one play at a time," said Smith. "We kept the intensity up. A lot of teams go into halftime winning and then they come out the second half and lack intensity. We just played our assignments. Everybody did their job and we came out on top."

On the night, Smith, a 6-foot-2 195-pound linebacker, totaled seven tackles (four solo) including a sack for a loss of five yards.

"I think I did ok," said Smith. "Personally, I don't think I did to the best of my ability. With me being injured and everything, I've been kind of hindered. I really have to step my game up."

Smith's injury, which is to his knee, isn't serious and is more of the nagging variety.

For Hillside, Smith mostly plays outside linebacker where he drops into coverage often. He does, however, see reps at cornerback.

Smith, who verbally committed to North Carolina in April, is expected to play safety for the Tar Heels.

"Everything's going well [with UNC]," said Smith. "The coaches came out to the Riverside game [September 29th] and got a chance to see me."

This weekend, Smith worked on helping the UNC coaches with their recruiment of teammate Greg Little, who happens to be one of the Tar Heels' biggest targets.

"I think their [chances] are pretty good," said Smith. "I'll definitely be talking to him a lot until he decides."

Hillside, which is 5-2 on the season (2-1 in conference), travels to Chapel Hill (N.C.) this Friday to take on the Tigers in another conference bout.

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