Athlete of the Week: C.J. Smith, Smyrna High School

C.J. Smith takes a short pass in the first quarter and races 52 yards for a touchdown against Milford last Friday night.

Smyrna High football’s C.J. Smith was voted by readers as the Week 7 Delaware State News Athlete of the Week for his performance on the field.

The senior wide receiver helped the Eagles pick up its fifth straight victory Oct. 18, reeling in a pair of touchdown passes from quarterback Aidan Sanchez as they shut down Milford High 42-0 on homecoming.

His first-half touchdown receptions of 52 yards and 77 yards helped the offense pick up its largest point total of the season as the Eagles improved to 5-2.

“He’s a tough, hard-working kid,” Smyrna High coach Mike Judy said of Smith following the Milford win. “It’s hard to be a skill guy, those guys are naturally super-competitive so they want to contribute to every win, more than just blocking. They want some statistics. He’s put in his time and waited so it was nice to see him get two.”

Fellow football players Tremere Woodlin, Caesar Rodney High’s starting quarterback; and Vonnie Peace, Dover High’s star running back, also received votes this week.

Athlete of the Week nominations

The Delaware State News is featuring a high school Athlete of the Week each week during the 2019-2020 school year.

The Athlete of the Week is nominated and chosen by our readers. The nominating period starts at 2 p.m. on Friday and ends at noon on Monday. A voting period follows from 5 p.m. Monday through 5 p.m. Wednesday.

This process is performed exclusively online. When nominating an athlete, please include name, school and sport as well as a photo and brief description of why he or she deserves that week’s honor.

All nominations must be high school varsity athletes and come from high schools within Kent or Sussex counties. The winner appears in print and online each Friday.

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