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Mundy's Mill's Smith to have knee surgery

Photo by Derrick Mahone
Mundy’s Mill junior running back Rodney Smith will have surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn ACL injury. Prior to his injury in the ninth game of the season, Smith had rushed for 1,575 yards.

Photo by Derrick Mahone Mundy’s Mill junior running back Rodney Smith will have surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn ACL injury. Prior to his injury in the ninth game of the season, Smith had rushed for 1,575 yards.

JONESBORO — Mundy’s Mill standout running back Rodney Smith will have surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn ACL, which happened in the next to last week of the regular season.

The junior was injured in the first quarter of the Tigers’ 35-20 win over Ola on Nov. 2.

Smith will miss the entire baseball season while going through rehab following the surgery. In addition to being a standout football player, Smith was also a top baseball player in the area.

“He is in good spirits,” said Patrick Smith, the school’s athletic director and Rodney’s father. “He will get a chance if the rehab goes well to play some summer baseball.”

Smith rushed for 1,575 yards and 18 touchdowns before the injury. In the Ola game, he had seven carries for 196 yards and two touchdowns.

With Smith out the following week, the Tigers lost 15-3 to Northgate in a region play-in game to end their season with a 4-6 record.

His best game this season was a 301-yard rushing effort in a 32-31 win over Drew, which included four touchdowns. He also had a 274-yard rushing effort against Mount Zion.

Mundy’s Mill started the season with an 0-4 record, but won four of its last five games to finish second in Region 4-AAAAA, Div. A.

Smith will also be missed on the baseball team, where he was an all-region second baseman for the Tigers, who are coached by his father. He has played on the varsity since his freshman year at the school.

Last season, he hit .429 with three home runs and 18 RBIs for the playoff team. He also had 16 stolen bases and seven doubles. It was the second straight season that he had batted at least .400.

“We are going to miss his big production,” Patrick Smith said. “Rodney is one of the leaders on the team.”