Leesburg, Va. (September 21, 2014)—Daniel Smith and Noah Reimers, also known as Tuscarora’s “Dynamic Duo,” are back in action. This season, Reimers leads the team in touchdowns while Smith is the one throwing him those passes.
The “Dynamic Duo” started working together in the 2013 football season, with Smith as a sophomore and Reimers as a junior. They both started for the Huskies last season and remain on the starting offense for Tuscarora.
“Since he came here as a sophomore, we’ve been working together. I think that they [the coaching staff] have taken our connection together. A lot of work over the offseason has allowed us to be synchronized a lot better and to have a better connection this season,” said Reimers.
As Reimers mentioned, the coaches put the duo together last year. Coach Michael Burnett watched as they started collaborating and started pairing the duo together.
“They just came together. We’re just blessed to have them and you know, they’re both here on the same team at the same time and they’re fun to watch,” said Coach Burnett.
Reimers and Smith started off last season as acquaintances, but are now very close. During games and practices, the duo are constantly going over plays or working together. If you look closely, you can see them talking on the sidelines on what they’re going to do next.
“We’re pretty close, especially this offseason, we got a lot closer. When he came here, last year, I didn’t know him too well. I’d seen him a little bit and we weren’t that good of friends, but now, spending so much time in the offseason, we’ve become a lot closer,” Reimers said.
With the duo playing their last season together, and both nearing the end of their high school football careers, they try to learn as much as they can from each other. Smith nitpicks Reimers for potential plays and technique while Reimers learns how hard they can push each other on the field.
They agree on many things, such as crucial plays and the importance of work in the offseason, but what they mentioned a lot was how the coaching staff has supported them as a team.
“I think it’s just the day to day, pushing us in everything we do. They preach not just working hard in the weight room or on the field. It’s just in every facet of your life to be the best that you can be. When they stay on you and they really care about you, it helps a lot in everything you do,” said Reimers.
Smith nodded and added, “I’m going to add that most of them are teachers, so not only are they great coaches at pushing us, but they are great teachers at teaching us the basic things to succeed in life. Not only in football, but in life. I’m so grateful for that, so I’d thank them for that.”
Both teenagers spend all of their extra time living and breathing football, with lifting and out of season practice in the offseason.
“We never really take off, when it comes to football. We lift every day in the offseason and on Tuesdays and Thursdays, we go in the gym or maybe come outside. We do some routes, some raw offense and defense schemes, so we come prepared year round. It’s never really off of football,” Smith said. The Huskies have out of season practice almost every day, including holidays.
With the amount of work they put into the sport, they must have to have some form of motivation to keep them going, but for them, it’s simple. “I love it,” said Reimers and Smith harmoniously.
As you may have heard, Tuscarora’s football team has some big goals this season, including a state championship.
“[Goal] Number one is definitely a state championship. I think we’ve come a long way as a team and I think that’s the number one goal for all of us on the team, personal or team-wise. That’s definitely the number one thing and we want to make a deep run to the playoffs this season,” said Reimers. In the past, the Huskies have made it to the playoffs but were usually knocked out after the first or second round. As of right now, the Huskies are 4-0 after defeating Martinsburg High School on September 19, with a score of 40-21 and are considered one of the best high school football teams in Northern Virginia.
Even after four games,with Reimers and Smith scoring all of the six touchdowns the first game and Reimers gaining the most rushing yards of the team this season, the duo is still running strong. Their achievements could be attributed to how they compliment each other in the game or how they’ve been coached.
“I think that we both bring, I guess, a dynamic part to the game where we can do a lot of different things. Especially Dan, he can really throw the ball really well. He’s fast, he can make moves. I think that we both can do a lot of different things. When we play together, we play really well together,” Reimers said.
Their secret to the game?
“It’s kinda just call the play, go out there, and execute it. It’s kinda just simple as that. Just don’t mess up,” Smith laughed
By Viva Loudoun intern and Tuscarora High School student Hanna Duenkel.