Dreamius Smith is probably the most complete running back in the City League, but the Heights senior might not have all the tools of some of his teammates.
That was evidenced by the Falcons’ 554 rushing yards in the 56-14 win over Northwest on Thursday night. Smith sat out the game after being ejected early in last week’s win over Great Bend.
Smith is shifty and creative, but not as much as quarterback Matt Reed. He’s fast, but not as fast as tailback Daniel Deshazer. Actually, he disputes that.
“Matt’s probably got the better shift moves, Matt’s probably better than me with that,” Smith said. “But speed-wise, I probably beat both of them.”
Northwest had a difficult time catching Deshazer. If Heights’ committee approach features a No. 1 running back, Deshazer has been it the last two weeks.
Thursday, the 5-foot-4, 135-pound Deshazer stayed outside the grasp of Grizzlies defenders. He had four carries of more than 30 yards, but was perhaps most impressive on a 14-yard touchdown in which he was caught in a pile before emerging from it.
“It was just a bunch of junk,” Deshazer said. “Nobody really had me wrapped up. They just had my jersey so I split out of it and ducked under and came out of it.”
In the last two games, Heights has more than 1,000 non-Smith rushing yards — the Falcons had 459 after his ejection last week.
“That just says my backs are good,” Smith said. “They put in hard work and I knew once I was going to have to (sit out), they were going to come through for me. I appreciate all of them.”
While Heights’ running game may not be complete without Smith, who presents a power-speed combination no other Heights back possesses, it has shown that it can thrive without him.
Deshazer’s performance was a silent lobbying for more carries when Smith returns next week, but the Falcons might be best to limit him. Their flexbone formation is best when it keeps opponents guessing.
“Spreading the ball around is how (Deshazer) gets open,” Reed said. “They don’t know who’s going to get the ball, and when he gets it he just goes.”
Heights (5-0, 4-0) 21 7 14 14 — 56
Northwest (1-4, 1-3) 7 0 0 7 — 14
H—Deshazer 19 pass from Reed (Wilcoxson pass from Reed)
NW—Parsons 14 pass from Jay (Rawlings kick)
H—M. Moore 7 run (run failed)
H—Reed 11 run (Hoyer kick)
H—Deshazer 47 run (Hoyer kick)
H—Deshazer 14 run (Hoyer kick)
H—Jones 4 run (Hoyer kick)
H—Deshazer 9 run (Hoyer kick)
H—M. Moore 62 run (Hoyer kick)
NW—Wallace 1 run (Rawlings kick)
Rushing—Heights, Deshazer 13-235, M. Moore 12-124, Reed 9-86, Jones 10-51, Iheme 5-37, J. Moore 2-13, Moreland 3-8. Northwest, Wallace 20-66, Dilsver 5-29, Moore 4-17, Ojanjai 1-14, Kearn 3-3, Hughes 1-(-4), Jay 4-(-6), Team 1-(-19).
Passing—Heights, Reed 1-4-19-0. Northwest, Jay 7-16-66-2.
Receiving—Heights, Deshazer 1-19. Northwest, Simpson 5-32, Wallace 1-20, Parsons 1-14.