Radford Disappointed in Loss

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – With a 14-0 lead in the second quarter, Fayetteville Smith was staring straight at their fourth consecutive victory over Fayetteville Britt. However, some lackluster play allowed their cross-town rivals to tie the game, and eventually win it in overtime.

"We really killed ourselves," said Devin Radford. "It was the penalties. We had the ball game, but the penalties and the dumb mistakes killed us."

Radford, a 5-foot-8, 175-pounder who owns a 4.40-forty time, stars on both offense and defense for Smith. He's their shutdown cornerback, and also a change of pace tailback that complements the power running of junior starter Carter Sharpe.

"It feels good knowing you've got a 230-pound running back beating up on the opponent before you come in," said Radford of Sharpe.

Despite facing eight or more men in the box, Radford rushed for 25 yards on 11 carries. Those numbers would have been much better if a 44-yard touchdown run wasn't called back due to a penalty. He also caught a 20-yard pass.

On defense, Radford recorded two tackles.

Just like Smith's head coach, Milton Butts, the Virginia Tech coaching staff plans to use Radford, who committed to the Hokies over the summer, all over the place.

"They want me as an athlete," said Radford. "Running back, receiver, kick returner, special teams, DB."

Firmly committed, Radford plans to only officially visit Virginia Tech and is in the process of scheduling that trip.

"Me and my mom are setting that up with Coach [Frank] Beamer," said Radford. "Probably the next home game."

Smith High School is off to a 2-1 start and despite the loss, is still ranked among the top 4A teams in North Carolina.

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