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Darren Smith - 12 Sports Athlete of the Week

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SIDNEY (WBNG) -- Through four games, Sidney's Darren Smith has wowed fans in the stands. The junior quarterback is simply a giant on the field. Listed at 6'2" and 210 pounds, Smith is a big reason why Warrior Football is currently undefeated and ranked second in the state.

"He's really developed himself into a fine quarterback," head coach Jeff Matthews said.

"He's just always one step ahead of the defense," sophomore wide receiver and corner back Liam Matthews added.

Through just four games this season, Sidney is 4-0 and the junior gunslinger has already thrown for more than 1,100 yards and scored 14 touchdowns.

"He's spent a lot of time developing his craft," Jeff Matthews, who's in his 23rd season as Sidney's head football coach, further explained.

"Darren is so advanced in his football knowledge, and us working together throughout the summer on 7-on-7 has brought us closer together and brought our football knowledge up closer to his level," senior wide receiver and safety Brandon Evans said.

"He just knows everybody's route, and he knows when I'm going to be open," added Liam Matthews. "So it just kind of works out."

"Brandon and Liam spent a lot of time with [Darren] over the summer, and I think that is paying dividends now," Jeff Matthews said.

And let's not forget senior wideout Ethan Finch.

"Ethan and Darren have been working together for a couple years now," said Jeff Matthews. "So you know they have that chemistry."

This season alone, Smith and his trio of targets have covered more than 1,000 yards and 13 scores.

"You just throw a simple five-yard out or crossing route, and they just take it 75 yards to the house and break three tackles on the play," Smith said of his receivers.

Smith has started all 25 Sidney Warrior football games since the start of his freshman year, and during that span, he has amassed more than 6,000 passing yards and 69 touchdowns (67 through the air).

He says he models his game after his favorite NFL quarterback on his favorite NFL team.

"My favorite team is the Patriots," explained Smith with a smirk. "Tom Brady. I try and model my game after him."

"[Darren] emulating Tom Brady is probably where he gets some of his drive from," Jeff Matthews said.

"Probably half of his clothes are all Tom Brady stuff," Liam Matthews joked.

"I'd say he loves [Brady] a lot and looks up to him, and I hope he makes it to the league just like Brady," Evans added.

Smith and the Warriors will look to stay perfect when they travel to Oxford/GMU this Friday night. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

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