Wally Grant used to sell bats for a living, so he knows a home-run hitter when he sees one.
On the football field, Grant has one in Mario Smith. The senior running back last week took Costa Mesa High's first play from scrimmage to the house.
In five seconds, he covered 77 yards. Smith is fast, but not that explosive.
Whoever ran the scoreboard that night at Garden Grove High must have started the clock late on Smith's touchdown run. Grant said he's clocked Smith in the 40-yard dash several times at 4.4 seconds.
The math doesn't add up for a run almost twice as long as the 40-yard dash.
One thing that was accurate about Smith's run was no one was catching the 5-foot-11, 185-pounder after he broke up the middle.
"I know I'm going to beat everybody out here," said Smith, before pointing out the reasons for his success. "But it's all about just our linemen. If our linemen block and stay focused, there's no stopping us."