Don’t expect the two leaders of the Clear Brook Wolverines to seek out attention for themselves. All they really want to do is just play football.
But, sought after or not, senior nose guard Cameron Townsend and junior running back Jarrett Smith are getting some well deserved time in the spotlight now that a crucial District 24-6A game against the Clear Springs Chargers (6-1, 4-0 in district) is looming on the horizon for Clear Brook (5-2, 3-1).
“In order to have a successful team, you have to have unselfish players, and both of these guys fit that mold,” Clear Brook head coach Mike Allison said, adding that both players do everything coaches ask of them.
As a three-year varsity letterman and two-time all-district defensive lineman, Townsend is one of the Wolverines’ most seasoned players and brings valuable leadership to the Clear Brook defense.
“He’s a leader in not just what he says, but how he acts — at practices, in the games, in school — and just how he carries himself,” Allison said. “He’s very mature, a very selfless player. … He’s definitely someone you want the rest of the team to look up to and try to emulate.”
Bringing a mentality of wanting to completely shut down the running game of his opponents, not only is Townsend a difference-maker on the field, often drawing double teams and extra attention from other teams’ blockers, but he’s also an X-factor beyond the Friday night lights — keeping his teammates in line and focused by leading by example.
“You don’t want to do anything off the field that might hurt the team,” Townsend said.
Smith is in his second season on varsity and is coming off an all-district year as a sophomore in 2015. Like his defensive counterpart, Townsend, Smith has emerged as an outstanding leader with a tireless work ethic, whether it’s on the field, in the weight room, at practices or in the classroom.
“He’s the type of kid who’s going to do everything he can to be the best that he can be, so the team can be the best that we can be,” Allison said. “He’s a definite team-first guy. He’s going to make sure that he’s doing everything that he can to make the team better.”
That hard work has paid dividends, as Smith leads all running backs in District 24-6A in rushing yards with nearly 1,000 and has found the end zone 10 times on the ground.
“I’ve been working out every day, putting in the extra work and going 100 percent on the field,” Smith said.
With Smith and Townsend leading the way, the Wolverines will be looking to shake up the 24-6A standings and bring the team’s goal of winning a district championship closer to fruition in Friday’s 7 p.m. game against Clear Springs at Veterans Memorial Stadium.