Lewis, Smith up for Houston TD Club Honors

By Michael Sudhalter
msudhalter@fortbendstar.com

A pair of linebackers are up for some prestigious awards courtesy of the Houston Touchdown Club.

Hightower High linebacker Clifton Lewis is one of 10 candidates for the TD Club’s UIL Defensive Player of the Year, Fort Bend Christian linebacker/tight end Lynell Smith is one of nine candidates for the Private School Defensive Player of the Year.

The UIL Awards will be presented during a banquet tonight at the JW Marriott in Houston. The Private School Awards will be presented during a banquet at the same place, on Dec. 16.

Lewis, a TCU commit and the younger brother of former Hightower/Oklahoma State standout linebacker Sean Lewis, led the Hurricanes to a 10-1 record and second consecutive 6A-23 Championship.

He finished with 65 tackles, three sacks, a forced fumble and a 78-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown. He also had a touchdown pass on a fake field goal.

Smith, who FBCA head coach David Roberts called “our most improved player this year”, finished with 83 tackles, six tackles for a loss, a sack and an interception return for a touchdown.

He helped lead the Eagles to a 7-4 record and a second consecutive trip to the playoffs.

Roberts said Smith — who is a top-notch student — is being recruited by several Ivy League schools.

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