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Brett's Blog: Game night is finally here

Updated: November 20, 2009, 11:07 AM ET
By Brett Smith | For ESPN RISE

passKevin SmithBrett Smith takes you inside the huddle as West Salem prepares for its playoff game against Roseburg.

Brett Smith | #16 Quarterback, Junior | West Salem (Salem, Ore.)

Brett Smith, a 6-foot-2, 180-pounder at West Salem, is one of the top junior quarterbacks in the nation. He was an ESPN RISE Magazine Preseason All-Oregon Player to Watch and bounced back from an injury this fall to lead West Salem to an 8-1 record heading into the postseason. A standout at last summer's Nike Camp at Stanford and Elite 11 regional camps at Georgia and Cal, Smith will periodically check in with ESPNRISE.com to discuss his season and the recruiting process.

We are busy preparing for a tough Roseburg team that will come to our house this Friday night, in the 2nd round of the playoffs. We had a first-round bye because we were able to win the Central Valley Conference Championship. We have used the bye week to get some of our guys healthy so it has been good from that sense, but all of us are really excited to play a game again. The playoff atmosphere is really special and many of us remember that when we went all the way to the semifinals two years ago.

We feel that we can play and beat anybody in the state and we will need to definitely bring our A-game this week if we are to be successful. Roseburg runs hard to the ball and is very fundamentally sound in most areas. We have some things that we have been working on offensively that will hopefully exploit some of their weaknesses on defense. Their offense is primarily a power-based option, which is difficult to defend at the high school level as it forces teams to be disciplined and concentrate on playing areas. It will be a great game and it would be awesome if we could make a statement offensively against this tough defense.

All-CVC picks came out this week and many of our guys were named 1st team. Our RB Sal Herrera was named the Offensive Player of the Year and LB Shane Kuenzi was named Defensive Player of the Year. Those are great honors and those guys are very well deserving of those honors. I was named 2nd Team QB, which was pretty good considering I missed two of our six league games with my fractured throwing arm. I don't care about those honors personally, since I would much rather be named a league champion, which we have been two of the past three years. Coach Stanley was the Coach of the Year and Coach Beckett was the Assistant of the Year. The Titans represented well!