In his second season for the Central Connecticut State University football squad, former Bristol Eastern standout K.J. Smith has already proven that he’s going to be an offensive force for the program.
And to open the campaign, Smith was very active in the Blue Devils first game of the season against Lafayette on Friday, Sept. 2.
It was the Central Connecticut’s home opener and the tight end made three catches in Central’s 24-10 loss to Lafayette.
In all, Smith tallied 12 yards on those three receptions while his catch of eight yards was his high for the showdown.
But Central made a game of it, cutting all of a 10-point deficit to tie things up at 10-10 as the fourth period commenced.
Lafayette then closed the game with a 14-0 burst as Central fell by 14 points in the end.
One week later, Smith and company were on the road on Sept. 10 against a top-ranked opponent.
The Blue Devils traveled to Harrisonburg, Virginia to battle No. 12 James Madison – dropping a tough 56-21 decision to fall to 0-2 on the campaign.
Down 21-0 early in the contest, Smith helped Central get into the offensive flow as he nabbed a four yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jacob Dolegala as the Bristol warrior scored for the first time this year.
Smith ended up having one of best collegiate games of his career as he grabbed a team-tying high of four receptions, leading the squad in total yardage with 65 that included the touchdown and a grab of 47 yards on just one play.
James Madison scored on its first five possessions of the game and by the half, the Blue Devils trailed 35-7 and never got back into the swing of things.
Central managed to trim the deficit to 42-21 in the third period but that was as close as the visitors got in the game.
But on Saturday, Sept. 17, the Blue Devils finally got to the pay window as the squad defeated Bowie State 44-35 from the turf field in New Britain.
Smith contributed one reception for 10 yards in the winning effort as CCSU moved to 1-2 on the season.
Finally, on Saturday, Sept. 24, the Blue Devils opened conference play against Bryant from Smithfield, Rhode, Island with a 45-25 loss to drop to 1-3 overall.
Smith managed to score once again when he snared a three yard reception from QB Jacob Dolegala with 10:18 remaining to play.
Overall in the game, he made five receptions for a contest best 75 yards with the one touchdown.
His best grab of twenty-nine yards was the longest of the showdown by Central Connecticut.