Smith, Young tough to top

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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This has truly been a breakout season for Vista del Lago seniors Aaron Young and Logan Smith. Young is the leader of one of the Sac-Joaquin Section’s top offenses and his numbers rank highly in the state, as his 170 completions, 252 attempts and 2,383 yards are all second to Folsom High’s Tanner Trosin. Young’s 21 touchdown passes are tied for fifth in the state, while his 67 percent completion percentage ranks him tenth. All this from a quarterback who is coming off a junior year playing behind then senior Anthony Mull, a season in which Young threw only eight passes, two of which were picked off. “After losing in the playoffs last year, I didn’t know what to expect for this season,” Young said. “I met with Logan in the offseason and we worked out every day to get our timing down and it’s showing this season. No way did I ever think I’d have the numbers that I do, though. It’s been remarkable.” Smith’s numbers are perhaps even more staggering than Young’s. Smith leads the state with 96 catches and 1,300 yards. His nine touchdowns are five behind the state leader. “My goals coming into the season were 75 catches and 1,000 yards,” Smith said. “I had no idea what this season would look like. It’s been a crazy season.” Smith set his season’s goals based on one of top receivers to come out of this area in Oak Ridge’s Austin Collie. “Austin had something like 60 catches for 900 yards his senior year so I wanted to set my bar toward that,” Smith said. “I’ve already beat my goal, so now I just want to work harder and get better.” Young and Smith are leaders of a Vista offense that’s scoring 42 points a game, three touchdowns better than last year’s team, when the Eagles featured a run-oriented offense. Now that they’ve switched to the spread offense, the Eagles have already scored more points in eight games (336), than they did in 11 games last season (270). The switch in offensive systems, obviously, has led to Young’s and Smith’s outstanding statistics. Both know that they need each other to succeed, as they credit each other for their success. “We tailor our offense around Logan,” Young said. “You want the ball in the hands of your best athletes and to us that’s Logan. I mean, half my completions are to him. I can’t even think of our offense without Logan. He’s a big part of our success.” Smith added, “Aaron has been awesome. He’s the best quarterback in the area and the state and he’s not getting the credit he deserves. I’m blessed to have him as my quarterback.” Vista coach Chris Jones has been impressed with the play of his star players. “The numbers that both guys have put up are mind boggling,” Jones said. “The thing I’m most impressed with Aaron is his completion percentage. A lot of teams that throw the ball a lot also turn over the ball, but we haven’t been doing that. As for Logan, we knew he would be our guy. I’ve never had a guy that caught more than 70-some passes and Logan already has 96. Logan is very good and I don’t think he gets enough credit. I don’t know how many receivers are better than he is.” Young and Smith have been noticed by college coaches and scouts. Young said he’s been in communication with several colleges including Southern Utah, Northern Illinois, Cornell, Eastern Washington and SMU. Smith has received interest from Ivy League schools such as Cornell, Princeton, Brown and Yale, as well as schools closer to home such as Sac State, UC Davis, the University of San Diego and San Jose State. Before worrying too much about scholarships, however, both players have big teams goals they want to achieve this season. “This next game against Union Mine is huge,” Young said. “It’s like a playoff game to us and we must win it. If we do we will be in a great spot to have a high seed in the playoffs and have a home game or two in the playoffs. We want another league title and get to that section championship game.” Smith added, “We want to be league champs and make a run at a section title. That’s our dream and we would love to accomplish it.”