Legacy of former Springville football star Trevyn Smith continues with scholarship to current RB
Springville's Seth Rigtrup (6) works his way through the Murray defense during a 5A football first round playoff game in Springville on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.
Springville senior running back/defensive back Seth Rigtrup had a busy evening on Friday night during the 28-7 Red Devil home win over Salem Hills.
He was all over the field for Springville, catching a short touchdown pass, making an interception, getting the tough yards churning through the mud, making tackles, and even getting honored at halftime as part of Senior Night.
“He’s a special kid and we’re lucky to have him,” Red Devil head coach Willy Child said. “We probably use him too much but we want him out there on offense and defense. He’s a special kid and had a great game again.”
After the senior presentation, Rigtrup was jogging toward the locker room when the public address announcer called him back.
“He was ready to go because he was upset with how we were playing,” Child said. “We wanted to surprise them and we probably surprised them too much because they weren’t ready to stay on the field.”
Rigtrup and his parents were presented with the Trevyn Smith Legacy Scholarship in the amount of $3,500.
“I was super-surprised,” Rigtrup said. “It was awesome and I’m very thankful for that. I love being on this team, part of this brotherhood. I’m just thankful to be a part of it.”
Rigtrup was too young to remember Smith’s jaw-dropping performances as a Red Devil in the mid-2000s but said he felt honored to receive the recognition.
“I’m thankful for this opportunity,” Rigtrup said. “I don’t know what I’m going to do after high school but I hope to play ball somewhere. I plan to serve a mission (for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) and then see what happens from there.”
Trevyn Smith’s widow, Erica Smith, said the idea for the scholarship came about after a charity softball tournament was organized to help pay some of the costs after Smith died in 2019. As the event continued for the last few years, the Smith family decided they wanted to maintain Trevyn Smith’s legacy through the scholarship.
They considered a number of Springville players but felt strongly about Rigtrup.
“Someone said, ‘give it to Seth,’ and I got emotional,” Erica Smith said. “I had to walk out. Everyone felt like it was Trevyn. I don’t if we picked that player as much as Trevyn picked that player. Hopefully it goes to good use.”
She said it was a special moment for her to see her four kids deliver the check to the Rigtrup family.
“It was pretty cool to see all my kids run out there to give him that scholarship,” Erica Smith said.
Child said it was special for him as well, since he remembered what Trevyn Smith did for Springville, and he felt like Rigtrup was a natural recipient.
“Seth plays tailback and isn’t the tallest guy and is sometimes overlooked,” Child said. “They felt like that’s who Trevyn would want to give it to. They were both kids who grew up here, whose families were here. It means the world to all of us with what both Trevyn and Seth have done here.”