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Did Shaun Smith ever run for a 64-yard touchdown in high school

Did Shaun Smith ever run for a 64-yard touchdown in high school?

After the Chiefs defensive tackle scored a one-yard touchdown against the Seahawks last week, the 6-foot-2, 325-pound player told reporters they shouldn't be suprised he could contribute on offense.

Citing his playing days at Wichita Heights, he said: "I scored a lot in high school. The longest scoring run I had was probably about 64 yards against Wichita Southeast. I used to have a lot of big runs. I was a big back but I was quick. I still consider myself one of the best big men in the league, with good feet."

We're not sure if Smith remembered the circumstances incorrectly, but we couldn't verify that happening against the Buffaloes.

Smith, who was a fullback and a linebacker for the Falcons before graduating in 1999, was an All-City League selection and All-Class 6A honorable mention.

He played on Butler Community College's 1999 national championship team before moving on to South Carolina.

Undrafted, he has played for four NFL teams including Kansas City. The Chiefs signed him as a free agent in March.

In Smith's senior year at Heights, the Falcons lost to then top-ranked Southeast 48-7. While Smith rushed for 97 yards in the game and scored the Falcons' only touchdown, it was a one-yard score in the fourth quarter.

Heights finished the season at 5-4, only the second winning season in the first 38 years of the school's history. Smith scored two touchdowns in the Falcons' finale and gained 102 yards. Both were short touchdowns.

Robert Reed scored the Falcons' only touchdown in a 14-10 loss to Southeast during Smith's junior season.

We'll give Smith the benefit of the doubt, though, since we did find some big touchdowns in his Heights past.

On one rainy night in 1998, Smith helped the Falcons shut out North 28-0.

Smith only had 37 rushing yards, but he scored on interception returns of 61 and 75 yards.

"I had the momentum at that point," Smith said after the game of the 61-yarder. "I just reached out for the ball and I got it.

"Our unity on defense made it happen all night."

_Joshua Wood