Entering the 2017 high school football season, Dallastown High School junior running back Nyzair Smith was virtually unknown around the York-Adams League.
Now, his name is known around the entire state of Pennsylvania.
On Monday, Dec. 18, the 5-foot, 10-inch, 175-pound Smith was named to the Class 6-A All-State Team by the Pennsylvania Football Writers.
Smith, who's only a junior, was one of five running backs to make the Class 6-A All-State Team and one of two juniors on the list.
"Well, I think when you run for 2,000 yards, that'll get people to notice you," former Wildcats head coach Kevin Myers said. "When recruiters came around to talk to our seniors, just about all of them asked about him. So, he's known and he's surely going to be followed by them next year."
The Class 2-A, 4-A and 6-A teams were announced on Monday, with Smith being the only Y-A League player to make any of the three teams. The Class 1-A, 3-A and 5-A teams will be released on Tuesday, Dec. 19.
Smith led the Y-A League in rushing this season, accounting for 2,055 yards on 182 carries, good for an 11.3 yards-per-carry average. He also scored a league-high 32 touchdowns, including back-to-back five-touchdown performances in Week 9 and Week 10 of the regular season. His single-season rushing total broke a two-decade old school record for yards in a single season, formerly held by Chris Moore.
His 32 touchdowns were nine more than the second-closest scorer and his 2,055 rushing yards were 300 more than York High's Khalid Dorsey, who finished second.
Smith was key in helping Dallastown grab a share of the Division I title and make the District 3 6-A playoffs. The Wildcats finished the year with an 8-3 overall record and 6-1 mark in league play.
"He's an incredibly humble person," Myers said. "He never let any of this go to his head because he know he couldn't do it on his own."
Top players, coaches: Pine-Richland quarterback and Notre Dame commit Phil Jurkovec was named the Class 6-A Player of the Year, while Pine-Richland coach Eric Kasperowicz was named the Coach of the Year. Pine-Richland won the state title.
In Class 4-A, the Cathedral Prep father-son duo, Mike and Joe Mischler, took home Coach and Player of the Year honors, respectively. Joe, a senior, is committed to play quarterback at Ohio University. Cathedral Prep repeated as state champions.
In Class 2-A, Southern Columbia also swept Player of the Year and Coach of the Year honors. Sophomore wide receiver Julian Fleming was named the Player of the Year, while Jim Roth earned Coach of the Year. Southern Columbia won the state title. Fleming is rated as the top wide-receiving recruit in the nation for the Class of 2020, holding offers from Penn State, Michigan and Michigan State.
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