As part of its 2013 high school football preview, The Oregonian is highlighting 10 players from around the state who are poised to make an impact this season.
West Salem, junior
Quarterback/safety, 6-1, 195
Statistics: After taking over as the starting quarterback in last season’s second game, Smith passed for 1,480 yards and 13 touchdowns, and rushed for another 325 yards and 10 TDs.
College possibilities: It’s too early to tell, but Smith has an offer from Wyoming if he wants to follow in the footsteps of older brother Brett, the Cowboys’ senior quarterback.
How he makes a difference: Smith possesses many of the same qualities at quarterback that his older brother Brett brought to the position when he was named the state’s 2010 Gatorade player of the year as a senior and led the Titans to a 9-2 finish. “The No. 1 thing that jumps out at me is that they’re the most competitive players I’ve ever coached and the most driven players as far as work ethic, dedication, and trying to get better at everything,” West Salem coach Shawn Stanley said. “Both can run, both can throw the football, and as far as that competitive spirit, Brett was maybe more of a gunslinger/ playmaker, and Cade is a little more cerebral in what he does with the football. I hate putting that tag on them, but I’d take a million more just like them.” Another noticeable difference between the two is that the younger Smith has a size advantage. “Cade is physically bigger than his brother was,” Stanley said. “Cade is probably 195 pounds going into his junior year. Brett would try to tell you differently, but he was probably 195 going into his freshman year at Wyoming.” Cade Smith is among a handful of returning starters from a 10-2 team that lost to Lake Oswego in the OSAA Class 6A quarterfinals. “There’s a lot of guys making the transition from playing on Thursday to playing on Friday,” Stanley said. “At our school, we never have a reason not to be good. We have good kids that work hard. If we’re ever not good, then it’s bad coaching.”
Day 1: Central Catholic’s Connor Humphreys
Day 2: Lakeridge’s Eric Dungey
Day 3: Roosevelt’s Kimane Domena
Day 4: Canby’s Sam Bodine
Day 5: Crescent Valley’s Tanner Sanders
Day 6: Jesuit’s Henry Mondeaux
Day 7: West Albany’s Jake LaCoste
Day 8: Southridge’s Jordan Morgan
Day 9: West Salem’s Cade Smith
— Jim Beseda