5. Xavier Smith, RB, 2005

While his young brother Michael had the stronger post-prep career, Xavier did something only one other running back in Sunnyside history could do — carry the Blue Devils to a 4A state title. Not that the championship seemed likely after back-to-back, 25-plus-points losses to start the season. But then the 6-foot, 205-pound Smith rattled off 1,851 yards and 23 touchdowns his junior season in 2003 and, along with a stout Blue Devils defense anchored by Zack Samorano, helped Sunnyside cap off its 12th straight win with a 21-13 victory over Glendale Cactus in the state finals. However, the two-time All-Southern Arizona back didn't have the same impact in 2004, and the Blue Devils 22-game win streak ended with a 6-0 loss to Scottsdale Saguaro in the 4A quarterfinals. Smith went on to play at the UA, but never solidified himself as a go-to back. He amassed 380 yards on 89 carries in his three-year Wildcat career.

August 21, 2013 7:20 pm  • 

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