By Joe Davidson
History was made Friday night in the chill of Placerville.
Vista del Lago beat El Dorado 47-10 to cap a 7-3 regular season and fatten up a bit for the playoffs, but the real intrigue was whether or not Logan Smith will break into the record books.
He did. The sensational Vista senior receiver and three-year varsity performer caught 14 passes for 211 yards and a touchdown from Aaron Young to set the state record for grabs in a 10-game regular season with 122.
Smith for the moment shares the record with Richard Mullaney of Thousand Oaks, who had 122 catches in 12 games last season, according to Cal-Hi Sports. With his first reception in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff opener against Woodland on Friday, Smith will stand alone.
Smith eclipsed by one the second best mark in state history that was believed to still be the record until new data was unearthed this weekend. Steve Martinez of Wilson High in Los Angeles had 121 catches in a 13-game season in 1977.
Vista coaches knew Smith was on a torrid pace Smith this season, and in recent weeks they wanted him to have a chance at the record. And Vista did so within reason of good sportsmanship. Smith wasn't catching passes in 60-0 blowouts. In fact, the night he caught a NorCal record 24 passes against Liberty Ranch, it came in an overtime effort. And on Friday, he had 10 of his catches in the first half.
Vista coaches have raved about Smith's routes, hands, ability and leadership all season. He is also a fine student with swelling recruiting interest, and there's still a playoff season to consider.
"Logan's very, very good, and he's been a three-year guy for us," Vista coach Chris Jones said. "He's worked hard for this and he earned it."
Against El Dorado, Young passed for 377 yards and four touchdowns, two to Chris Cooper. Running back Chris Cooper ran for two scores and caught a touchdown.
Today, Smith reflected on his record outing and the season in general. Typically humble, he credited his teammates and coaches for any success.
"I haven't had a lot of time to think about it but I just feel blessed," Smith said. "I am just going out and playing the game I love, and it's just crazy that I broke the record. I think after the season I will have more appreciation and understanding of what I have accomplished. My focus is on next week (the playoffs) and getting better so I can put the team in a position to be successful."
Smith said he was moved by the outpouring of support when he broke the record.
"Everyone was hugging me and gave me a lot of love," Smith said. "Everyone was so happy for me and that meant the most. I love those guys, my teammates, and if wasn't for them, none of this would have happened."
PHOTO: Vista del Lago receiver Logan Smith goes in motion during Tuesday afternoon's practice at Vista del Lago High School in Folsom. October 10, 2011. Photo by Jose Luis Villegas.