School records, blocked punts, pick sixes: Smith did it all for Oak Hall


Today’s senior spotlight is on 2-sport athlete Zhai Smith of Oak Hall School.  Smith was a team captain for the Eagles’ football team, which advanced to the 2nd round of the Class 2A state playoffs in the fall. He averaged almost 18 yards per catch and had two touchdown receptions. His 74 tackles earned him a spot on the Gainesville Sun’s small school all-area first team. 

Zhai Smith of Oak Hall High School

At defensive back he added a tackle for a loss, three interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns. He also blocked a punt. 

Smith was also a second team All-State selection.  

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In addition to making the 2nd round of the high school football state playoffs, Smith’s favorite high school sports moment was finishing second at state in the 4X100 high school track & field state championships last spring. 

Smith broke a school record in the process. As a team, Oak Hall finished third overall at state. The Eagles also captured regional and district titles. Smith earned All-Area and All-District honors.  He will attend Florida International University, where he will run track as a sprinter in the fall.

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