Chewelah quarterback Derek Smith completed the 2012 season by establishing new season and career passing records for the Coach Jim Fisk decade of Cougar football.
Smith completed 130 of 242 passes for 1,838 yards and 16 touchdowns this past season. This surpassed his own record from the previous season in which he threw for 1,423 yards and threw 13 passes for touchdowns.
During his three-year career at Jenkins High School, Smith completed 331 of 608 passes for 4,303 yards and threw 40 touchdown passes. This eclipsed the former record held by Sam Fisk of 254 completions for 3,400 yards and 26 touchdowns.
“I have been keeping statistics since I came here in 2003,” said Coach Fisk. “Up until that time, as far as I know, no one kept either single season or career statistics for this football program. At least, there are none that have been handed down to me from previous coaches.
“However, I do know that Chewelah has never been a football team known for its passing. From Herm Pein to Sam Giampiteri to Roy Albertson, Chewelah has been a team that predominately ran the football. And, it is unfortunate that we do not have statistics through all these years, because the names of some outstanding Cougar football players would emerge from over the past 60 years.
“Now, I may be wrong, but with that said, I would bet that the passing records set by Derek these past three years are all-time Jenkins High School records.”
Sam Fisk still retains the single game passing record from 2007 when he threw for 334 yards and four touchdowns against Colfax.
Cordell Bean was Smith’s top receiver for the 2012 season with 38 catches for 505 yards.
Smith also led the Cougars in rushing yards for this past season with 132 carries for 888 yards, an average of 6.7 yards per carry. In his three years at quarterback for the Cougars, he has run for 2,484 yards, scored 39 touchdowns, and 248 points.
Clayton Becker is still this past decade’s season and single game rushing leader for Chewelah. In 2005, Becker ran the ball for 1,299 yards. In that same year, against Timberlake, he had 28 carries for 276 yards.
Several other 10-year career and single season records, from 2003 to 2012, were established this year. McKenzie Miller set a career record for kickoff returns with 21 returns for 556 yards (26.9). Ty Curtis set a career record with 50 kickoffs for 2,901 yards (50.1). Derek Smith set a career defensive record with 11 pass interceptions. Ben Johnstone set a three-year career tackle record with 257 tackles. Dustin Olson set a single season record with six fumble recoveries.
By Geno Ludwig, The Independent Staff