Superior stars reunite for ‘Clev’

The last time Billy Smith and Adam Kay were on the football field together, it turned out to be a pretty special afternoon for the Superior Bobcats.

Smith, the quarterback, completed 33 of 49 passes for 331 yards and three touchdowns to help lead the Bobcats to a 44-12 win over Fairview in the Class C 8-Man State Championship game.

Kay caught 19 of those passes. Yes, 19 of those passes for 191 yards and all three touchdowns.

“We were just connecting really well,” Kay says. “We had the chemistry and everything was working out the way we planned it.”

Saturday at Naranche Stadium, the Superior duo will try to get that chemistry brewing again as they play for the Blue team in the 30th Annual Bob Cleverley Class C All-Star Football Game.

Smith, who will wear No. 12, and Kay, No. 22, are two of four members of the State champions in the game. Joshua Goins and Billy Loewen are the others.

The Bobcats went 12-1 and were considered a heavy underdog against Fairview in the title game, which was in Superior.

“We were probably 50 pounds lighter across the board,” Smith says.

To give you an idea of how strong Fairview’s team was last season, 11 members of the team will play for the Red team in Saturday’s game. Yes, 11 members of the 8-man team, are officially All-Stars.

“I don’t know it even happened,” Kay says. “We beat an all start team.”

Kay, who is 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds, caught 80 passes on the season. He caught touchdown passes of 6, 4 and 2 yards in the championship game.

“He’s really good,” Smith says of his favorite receiver. “He’s fast, has good hands. He can catch almost everything. I know just know where he is at all times, and if it goes haywire I just throw it to him.”

Making Kay’s title-game performance even more impressive is that he suffered a semi-serious knee injury early in the contest.

“I tore my MCL,” Kay says. “It was actually the fourth play of the game.”

Kay just dealt with the play. Smith says he didn’t even know Kay was hurt until after the game.

“I just kept on playing,” he says. “Luckily I didn’t hurt it more than an I already had done to it. I just blocked the pain out and kept going. I didn’t feel it after a while. It was just numb, and was doing what I do.”

Kay received a scholarship to play football at the University of Montana Western.

He gives an assist for that scholarship to his quarterback, who is playing his last football game. Smith is going to study elementary education at Montana State in Bozeman.

“He’s smart. He knows when to get rid of the ball, when not to. He knows when he has to miss,” Kay says of the 5-10, 150-pound Smith. “He can run. He can run really fast. A huge part of our offense was him running the ball. On plays that didn’t work he would just run it and end up with a 50-yard gain and touchdown.

“I didn’t want any other quarterback throwing to me,” Kay says. “I’m happy we’re in the same offense here.”

Smith says he doesn’t know how many yards he threw for. He doesn’t know how many touchdowns he threw on the season, either.

He knows how many championships he’s won. Folks in Superior tend to remind the players of that championship.

“I have a lot of people who I never met before come up to me and start talking about football,” Kay says. “They still talk about the 2008 team that won it. So we’ve got at least four or five years.”

Smith and Kay were also teammates on the Superior basketball team that advanced to the Western C Divisional tournament.

Kay compared the feeling leading to the Cleverley game to the feeling he had for the State championship game.

“It’s probably pretty much the same as the State game,” he says. “I’m probably just as excited for this as I was the State game. I’m excited. It’s going to be fun.”

The Bobcat duo is also working hard to make sure the game has the same result as that November Saturday in Superior.

“No messing around,” Smith says. “I want to win that game.”

The game starts at 7 p.m. Saturday. It can be heard on KBOW (click here to listen online) and state-wide on the Northern Ag Network.

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