2017-10-12 / Sports

Shippey continues success against Akron-Fairgrove

By Mike Gallagher
Sports Reporter • mgallagher@mihomepaper.com


Caseville running back Chance Shippey lines up in the Eagle backfield Friday night against Akron-Fairgrove. 
Photo by Mike Gallagher Caseville running back Chance Shippey lines up in the Eagle backfield Friday night against Akron-Fairgrove. Photo by Mike Gallagher CASEVILLE - 60 carries, 590 yards, and eight touchdowns.

Those numbers would be impressive for a full season, but for Caseville junior running back Chance Shippey, those are his stats from just two games against Akron-Fairgrove.

Last season in a 36-30 overtime win against the Vikings, Shippey ran the ball 38 times, racked up 321 yards, and scored three times.

This past Friday, Shippey had another huge game against the Vikings, as he scored five touchdowns, and ran for 269 yards.

“We knew Shippey is a beast in the backfield,” said Akron-Fairgrove head coach Adam Foster. “He was one of our keys, but he’s hard to bring down. He’s a fast runner, and a smart runner, and it’s hard to key on a guy who has the total package.”

Shippey proved that he was the total package, when in the third quarter he made the switch from running back to quarterback.

“We started trying to just get him space,” said Caseville head coach Craig Newton. “They were loading the box on him, so we just thought we’d try something different.”

The switch proved successful, as Shippey ran for 106 yards after making the move. He also threw for 68 yards, and two touchdowns.

“My freshman and sophomore years I had to play some quarterback,” said Shippey. “Tonight they just needed some yards, and now they know that I can throw the ball too.”

According to Shippey, his success running the ball is just second nature.

“I’ve always loved running,” said Shippey. “When I was little I used to race all the kids at lunch. Now I don’t ride a bike or take a car, I just run everywhere, and it’s just natural.”

Shippey, who is playing his third year of varsity football has started to take a leadership role with the team this season according to Newton.

“He’s grown,” said Newton. “From last year to this year, he’s turned into a leader. When things go to crap he’s still out there playing hard, and smiling.”

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