Nick Smith knew that his arm was going to be the single wing featured in Park View's offense in Friday night's homecoming game against Warren County. And the junior quarterback didn't disappoint, throwing a pair of touchdown passes and catching another in the Patriots' 42-6 victory over the Wildcats.
The 6-foot Smith connected with Dustin Dudinski for a 25-yard score just 1 minute 14 seconds into the game and later threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Charles Ramey to give No. 8 Park View a 21-0 lead two plays into the second quarter.
"We wanted to pass more and we knew that they were going to put a lot of people on the line," said Smith, who also rushed for 62 yards on nine carries.
Smith completed five of nine passes for 73 yards--all in the first half--and extended his Park View career record for touchdown passes to 30.
"We took a few more risks," Patriots Coach Mickey Thompson said of his team, now 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the Virginia AA Northwestern District. "But I keep saying that Nick is the best quarterback in the state, and we have the ability to throw the ball."
Smith may also be the team's best receiver. On the Patriots' second possession, Dudinski took the snap and Smith ran wide into a pass pattern. The quarterback caught Dudinski's underthrown pass at the 20, then faked a pair of Warren County defenders and outran another before diving into the end zone.
"I line up as a receiver in practice," Smith said. "I love to throw and catch the ball. That's the first time we've run that play this year."
Thompson was waiting for the right moment to pull that play out of his bag of tricks.
Smith "kept coming up to me, saying, 'We put that play in; when are we going to use it?' " Thompson said. "We have a couple more [trick plays], but I don't want to bring them all out."
In addition to Dudinski's touchdown pass and reception, the 5-foot-6 junior ran 22 yards for a touchdown and made several tackles on defense.
"He only weighs 140 pounds," Thompson said incredulously. "Pound for pound, he's the best football player out there, and he's not afraid of anything."
The Patriots closed out their scoring when Andrew Hoffman blocked a punt and Joey Weisen scooped it up and ran 45 yards for the score.
Warren County (2-4)
Park View (6-0)
PV--Dudinski 25 pass from Smith (Develli kick)
PV--Smith 54 pass from Dudinski (Develli kick)
PV--Ramey 5 pass from Smith (Develli kick)
PV--Stickley 2 run (Develli kick)
PV--Dudinski 22 run (Develli kick)
PV--Weisen 45 blocked punt return (Develli kick)
WC--Keller 1 run (pass failed)
RUSHING--Warren County: Diamond 19-83, Keller 17-42, Gallihugh 3-11; Park View: Stickley 16-68, Smith 9-62, Dudinski 6-55, Chester 4-36, Larson 3-21.
PASSING--Warren County: Wines 2-6-0 37, Diamond 2-4-0 21; Park View: Smith 5-9-0 73, Dudinski 1-1-0 54.
RECEIVING--Warren County: Keller 2-21, Day 1-27, Diamond 1-10; Park View: Ramey 2-17, Smith 1-54, Larson 1-26, Dudinski 1-25, Eppard 1-23.