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Shadow Ridge defeats Legacy for first time in school history behind Bakari Smith’s six scores

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Shadow Ridge football players Andrew Kesi, J Henderson and Ryan Johnson Thursday, July 26, 2012.

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The Bakari Smith Show rolled out its best episode of the season Friday as Shadow Ridge High’s quarterback accounted for six total touchdowns in the Mustangs’ thrilling 50-49 overtime victory at home against Legacy High. It was Shadow Ridge’s first triumph against Legacy in school history.

“It’s a big win for us,” Shadow Ridge coach Frank Tousa said.

Last week Smith tallied five total touchdowns in helping Shadow Ridge snap an 11-game losing streak. On Friday his numbers looked like this: 18-for-32 passing for 360 yards, five touchdowns and one interception, and 106 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.

Legacy got the ball first in overtime and, after scoring a touchdown, failed to convert the extra point when the kick hit an offensive lineman in the back. Shadow Ridge then scored and converted its extra point for the game.

Smith’s favorite target was Marquise Evans, who hauled in seven catches for 227 yards and three touchdowns. Ali Abdallah caught the other two scores, his only receptions of the night. On the ground, Chris Goodie scored on his only carry of the game from 22 yards out.

The victory is obviously a big moment for Shadow Ridge, but Tousa was calm after the game and still focused on the future.

“We have a lot of work we still have to do,” Tousa said. “It’s still one game at a time.”

With Smith at the helm, those games may be appointment viewing.

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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