By Joe Davidson
For the second straight frantic football Friday, an area athlete set a Northern California record, and both standard setters share the same home field.
A week after Tanner Trosin of Folsom passed for a NorCal record 601 yards to edge Deer Valley of Antioch, Vista del Lago receiver Logan Smith caught a NorCal all-time best 24 passes from Aaron Young in a 41-33 ovetime win over Liberty Ranch of Galt in a Sierra Valley League opener.
The 24 receptions is third all time in state history according to Cal-Hi Sports, but - remarkably - it was only the second best effort in the state on the evening. Jake Maulhardt of Camarillo had a state-record 28 catches in a 52-28 loss to Canyon County on Friday, third best all time in national prep history. The record of 32 has stood since 1942.
The previous state record for catches in a game was 26 by Fullerton's David Sepulveda in 1984.
Smith's reception total Friday is tied for third most in state history and fifth all time in national prep history, all the more incredible if one considers the countless plays in tens of thousands of games over the decades.
Smith had 318 yards receiving against Liberty - Young passed for 340 - and two touchdowns. His 318 yards is a Sac-Joaquin Section all-time best, eclipsing the 289 yards Kyle Providence of Elk Grove had against Folsom in 2003.
A 6-foot, 190-pound senior whom coach Chris Jones has raved about all season, Smith has 65 catches for 844 yards and six scores this season. Vista is 3-2, losing shootout games at ranked Oak Ridge and Casa Roble. Vista plays River City on Friday.