Maranatha’s Darin Smith is a defensive specialist.

Above: Darin Smith (14) after a big play against La Salle.

We know about Andrew Elffers, Omar Younger and Darien McGee, all standout players who have led the charge offensively for Maranatha this season. But one guy who seems to fly under the radar and hasn’t gotten the attention he deserves is senior Darin Smith. The 6-fooot, 185-pound outside linebacker in four games this season has 36 tackles and four sacks. Against Salesian last week, Smith recorded 13 tackles and had a momentum-swinging sack in Salesian’s final drive of the game. And if you remember, Justin Coats recorded an interception in the waning seconds to seal Maranatha’s 38-35 win over Salesian, but it was Smith whose pressure on blitzes and eye for the ball in the secondary that also had a big impact.

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