Originally published on Thursday, November 22, 2012
HALLETTSVILLE - Hallettsville's Teidrick Smith hopes a heaping helping of turkey won't be the only feast he'll enjoy this week.
A post-Thanksgiving tackling feast will help the Hallettsville Brahmas (10-0) beat the Luling Eagles (7-4) in the Class 2A, Division I area playoffs, and the senior running back and defensive lineman is looking to join in the fun.
"I'm going to try to put some pressure on the Luling quarterback and not let him sit back there all day," Smith said. "(I'm) just going to keep coming all night and put some pressure on him."
The game kicks off at 7 p.m. at Eschenburg Field in Floresville.
Although Smith has an affinity for sacks, that can't exactly be called his specialty. It's hard to point to one or two things Smith does well, and that's a good thing.
"He gets the job done, whatever we ask him to do," said Hallettsville senior quarterback and defensive back Carson Schindler. "Whether it's blocking on pass plays or getting in there at defensive end. He's going to do his job and he's a big emotional leader for us, he's going to get us going."
After playing nose tackle early in his career, Smith has improved his game to the point where he can also play defensive end and linebacker.
The versatility has been a big asset to the Brahmas this season.
"Sometimes I forget that I'm supposed to be out there coving people instead of trying to run and hit the quarterback," joked Smith.
Hallettsville went on a tear late last season and made a run to the regional playoffs before losing to Hempstead.
The 2012 campaign has been all about building on last season and Hallettsville coach Tommy Psencik said Smith's unselfishness reflects that of the team.
"They know they can't achieve their goals unless we're being unselfish," Psencik said. "He's willing to do whatever it takes to get it done."
For opposing defenses, it's a challenge trying to bring down a speedy running back that has the size and strength of a defensive lineman.
Smith is Hallettsville's leading rusher with 1,146 yards and 17 touchdowns on 121 carries.
"It's got to be scary having him come at you and having him tackle you too," Schindler said.
Smith enjoys bringing a defensive lineman's bruising mentality when he carries the ball.
"The physical mentality, I wish someone would hit me," Smith said.
Smith said that after his playing days are over, he wants to become a football coach.
Until then, he'll work to help extend Hallettsville's 10-game winning streak.
"We have some guys who really care about this sport and we're going to play this sport the way it's supposed to be played," Smith said.
Luling got into the playoffs as the second place team from District 16-2A, Division I. Psencik said the Eagles are a scrappy team.
"They tend to find a way to stay in games," Psencik. "They've got a little bit of speed, a little bit of size and quickness."
NOTES • The winner of Friday's game advances to the Class 2A, Division I regionals against either Hempstead or San Diego.
• Schindler took over for Nate Kowalik as Hallettsville's starting quarterback after Kowalik sustained a knee injury in the second game of the season. Schindler has thrown a touchdown pass in every game he has started. He's completed 106 of 177 passes for 1,538 yards and 17 touchdowns with only one interception.
• Trenton McGee and Dalton Herrington are the team's two leading receivers. McGee has 34 catches for 632 yards with eight touchdowns, while Herrington has gone for 462 yards and four scores.
• Jimario Grounds has returned five punts for 152 yards and a touchdown.