Under the Lights with Josh Smith

Veteran football player and captain, Josh Smith, doesn’t shy away from hard hits, or hard hitting questions.


Photo via Aivi Allred

Senior TE/ILB, #12 Josh Smith, playing at the Segerstrom Game

“A nice tackle made by number 12 Josh Smith!” Bob Ruddy, Voice of the El Modena Vanguards, booms through the stadium. Football season is back baby! And Senior Tight End and Inside Linebacker, Josh Smith, is hitting it hard.

But football isn’t Smith’s only specialty. The Renaissance man also busies himself with ASB, baseball and homework. Smith says that he joined ASB because he wanted to be as involved as he could with the school during his senior year. As the communications officer, Smith works to get more students involved in all school activities, including attendance to football games. He also makes the announcements before lunch, so if you’ve been wondering who has that heavenly voice, look no further.

Head Varsity Coach (Coach Mitchell), when asked about Josh, said, “Josh is a team player; he puts his teammates first and is always concerned about the team more than himself.  He will do whatever is best for the team.” Mitchell is confident that in choosing Smith as the captain (along with Lee Groover, Andrew Carvajal, and AJ Esperanza) was the best decision. 

When asked about the upcoming season, the captain says,“We are slowly working our way up to that CIF ring at the top. We know the climb only gets harder the higher and higher you get, so we are taking it one week at a time.” And while the audience only sees the football team play in the fall, Coach Mitchell has the players weight lift year round in order to gain (and keep) their muscle. This proves to be working as the Vanguards grow closer and closer to CIF each year. Smith is quick to reassure that the extra work is worth it. “As a player I have gotten a lot smarter and a lot stronger from all the work we put in in the weight room. As a person I have gotten a lot tougher.”

Smith played football for two years, but didn’t fall in love till his high school seasons. He advises his younger teammates to stick with it, especially during the Saturday practices after a game. “There will always be times when you get tired of practicing or working out or conditioning, but the feeling you get when you step out under the lights makes it all worth it. There’s just no better feeling than when you run onto the field with your best friends and break through the banner as the fans are screaming.”

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