By Mark Maxwell
Thanks to track star and quarterback Stacy Smith, the Schaumburg Saxons have joined ranks among the top 30 teams in the state.
Smith’s stellar performance last Friday night not only spoiled Prospect’s Homecoming game, it also earned him Allstate Athlete of the Week honors. Smith averaged nearly 15 yards-per-carry as he tore up the turf for 217 total rushing yards. On the second play from scrimmage, Smith broke away for a 45 yard touchdown, his first of four to come. The Saxons toppled the Knights by the final score of 34-13.
The victory carried Schaumburg to a spotless 4-0 record. It shares first place with the Barrington Broncos atop the Mid-Suburban West conference. The Broncos and Saxons battled for sole possession of first place Friday night, with Scahumburg winning, 33-21.
Smith’s track speed has definitely been a key factor in Schaumburg’s torrid start. No one appreciates the talent of Smith more than his coach, Mark Stilling. Stilling had high praise for Smith’s progress, both on and off of the field.
“The way Stacy has played the first four games, you can really probably make a case that he could've won any of those four weeks,” Stilling said. “He's been incredibly explosive. Stacy has got a ton of ability. People have known he has this ability. He has really grown up the last 12 months. As a sophomore or junior, (Smith was) probably a little bit more results-oriented than performance-oriented. He is really working his tail off to be a team player and to be unselfish.”
When asked about his breakout performances, Smith credited his coach’s offensive schemes.
“We run the triple option, so I guess that's what happens with us. It's good for the offense because we have a lot of speed guys on the offense,” Smith said. “If they can't stop our run, we just keep going with it and it works for us.”
Smith continued the lovefest by tossing some credit to his teammates too.
“I did it for my team. That is what we have been doing all year,” Smith said. “We've been fighting for each other. Everybody loves each other so we have been fighting hard for each other, and I guess it paid off for me.”
The combined record of all Schaumburg’s opponents during the first four weeks of the season is a lackluster 5-11, but Schaumburg’s schedule is about to get much more difficult. The combined record of the teams remaining on the Saxon’s schedule is 15-5. Smith will be asked to continue his offensive production if this team hopes to remain unbeaten.