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Smith's record-setting day lifts Vista football team

By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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If Logan Smith wasn’t considered one of the top wide receivers in the area prior to Friday’s 41-33 overtime win against Liberty Ranch, he sure is now. The Vista del Lago senior caught 24 passes for 318 yards, the first number a Northern California record and the second a Sac-Joaquin Section record. He also caught two touchdown passes and ran two more in for scores. “Honestly, I had no idea how many catches I had,” Smith said. “It didn’t seem like I had 24. Aaron (Young) threw me the passes and I executed, running the routes and making the catches.” Smith has been the team’s go-to receiver for two years. The Eagles always want to get him the ball, but didn’t make any extra special effort to throw it to him on Friday night. “It wasn’t part of the game plan to throw the ball more to me,” Smith said. “I had a one-on-one matchup most of the night and we executed.” Vista coach Chris Jones agreed. “It’s how they (Liberty Ranch) elected to cover him more than anything else,” Jones said. “They didn’t try to double him and played him pretty much one-on-one and we took advantage of that.” It was a career game for Smith, who’s caught 65 passes for 844 yards and six touchdowns in only five games. It’s safe to say he won’t see much single coverage the rest of the season, unless teams want to get burnt like Liberty Ranch did. Smith was more thrilled to get the win rather than set any records. “The win felt great,” Smith said. “It wasn’t pretty, but I’m glad we squeaked it through and open the league season with a ‘W.’ We’re feeling good and now we have to build off it heading into this week against River City.”