KENOSHA, Wis. — Jordan Smith, a Shelbyville graduate, made Millikin football history Saturday.
Smith, a 6-4, 195 pound wide receiver entered the Big Blue's game with Carthage two touchdowns behind former Millikin and Green Bay Packer receiver Jeff Query's receiving TD record of 30.
Smith caught two touchdowns from quarterback Nicco Stepina, before halftime, but the third record-breaking score came from Millikin backup quarterback Cal Pohrte from 23 yards out. Stepina is a 6-10, 180 pound senior and former Casey-Westfield quarterback.
The Big Blue (5-1, 4-1 CCIW) won 32-29 and Smith's performance was his best with the team, Big Blue coach Dan Gritti said.
"Jordan is just a stud. The thing about Jordan today it wasn’t about his speed, it wasn’t about his route running, it was about his guts. He went out and competed for footballs and got them," aaid Gritti. "This was the best game he has had because it was about him wanting it more than the other guy and that is why I am so proud of him."
Smith finished with eight catches for 159 yards and his record-setting day also included an interception when Carthage threw a Hail Mary to end the game and Smith picked it off.
"We put (Jordan) in at safety and he comes up with the pick," said Griiti. "That shows you his all around talent, guts and determination."
The Big Blue led 19-13 at halftime but Stepina had to leave the game with an injury. Pohrte, a sophomore from Lincoln Way West High School in New Lenox, subbed in and was 4-for-10 with 106 yards passing and one touchdown.
The Big Blue will take it day-by-day with Stepina's injury.
"Nicco had a lower body injury and the adrenaline is pumping so much during the game so we won’t really know how Nicco is feeling and we will have a better gauge at where he is at in the next couple of days," said Gritti.
Smith leads Millikin in receiving with 34 catches for 656 yards and 10 touchdowns. The 10 touchdowns is the most of any Big Blue player other than Stepina. Since his sophomore year (first year of varsity) Smith has played in 26 games and caught 97 passes for 1,912 yards and the 30 touchdowns. He also has returned 12 punts for 85 yards. He has also made a tackle.
Stepina is 122-of-208 for 1,616 yards with 20 touchdowns and just five interceptions. He has also had 41 carries for 133 yards and two touchdowns. In 35 games Stepina is 637-of-1,107 for 8,411 yards with 37 intercepted and 83 touchdowns. He has completed 58 percent of his passes and averages 240.3 yards per game. On the ground he has 302 caries for 813 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has also made five solo tackles.
Also playing for the Big Blue is Shelbyville grad Wyatt Fox, a 6-4, 205 pound senior punter and freshman Derek Fisher, a 5-10, 205 pound linebacker.
Fox has 171 punts for a total of 6,300 yards for an average of 36.8 . He has had eighth touchbacks, 29 inside the 20, 15 that have been 50 yards or more, including a career-long 71 years his sophomore year.
The victory places Millikin in a two-way tie for second place in the CCIW standings with Washington at 4-1. Illinois Wesleyan is on top of the CCIW at 5-0 and the Big Blue play the Titans Oct. 27th at home following next Saturday's road game to Elmhurst College.