Football Preview 2016: Playing for Central special for Shockey
WOODSTOCK – Having a father as a coach, Carston Shockey grew up around Central football.
Shockey was often around practices, watching the team year after year. So it’s no surprise that wearing the blue and gold is pretty special for the senior.
“It means the world to me, just representing the school,” Shockey said. “Just being out there with my teammates is an awesome feeling.”
Shockey’s father, Rich, is an assistant coach for the Falcons and Carston said that it’s nice having his dad as a coach.
“There’s good and bad aspects of it, but for the most part it’s a good thing that he’s a coach. I really enjoy having him coach me,” Carston Shockey said. “…He critiques me pretty often, but it’s for the better. I’m glad that he can do that for me and just give me good pointers.”
Shockey said he didn’t start playing football until his 8th grade year. He played two years on Central’s junior varsity team, and has been a two-way starter for the last two years on the varsity squad.
He said his sophomore was a very valuable learning experience, which has helped him throughout the years.
“My sophomore year is where I’d say I learned the most,” Shockey said. “That was just all the basic skills, and I really got used to the speed of varsity play. Just getting experience out there helped a lot.”
Last year Shockey was solid for the Falcons on defense and had three interceptions and 31 tackles.
“I felt pretty good about what I did last year. I would definitely love to improve this year,” Shockey said. “I think last year was a good point for me.”
Shockey provided a lot of versatility on offense last year. He played at both running back and wide receiver.
He ran for 110 yards on 16 carries and had two touchdowns. He also caught six passes for 84 yards with two touchdowns.
Central’s running game last year was led by Hank Hoover, who ran for over 1,800 yards, and Shockey said that he learned a lot from him.
“Hank helped me out a couple times back there and just watching him, I think that helped me as well,” Shockey said. “Just seeing what he would do in certain situations, I think that helps me think what I can do in those situations if I’m out there.”
Central head coach Mike Yew said that Shockey is a great example for the other players on the team.
“I think he just does what you ask him to do,” Yew said. “He doesn’t get out there and stray from what his job is. If kids do their job, and it’s not to say that were amazing coaches or anything, but if you put them in position to be successful and they do it a lot of times they are successful.
“He’s a very good kid to have around. He’s a strong academic student and if you have 10 or 12 kids like that on your team you wouldn’t have any problems.”
Shockey was part of Central’s Group 2A track state championship 4×400 relay team last spring.
He said that running track definitely helps him during football season.
“That was very special for me and my teammates. That’s a moment that you can never forget,” Shockey said of the state title. “I think going to states and just track in general just helps with my endurance and stamina. I think overall it helps with your speed and working with speed explosion off the line.”
Being a senior this year, Shockey said that he wants to make it one to remember, and he feels good about the squad this year.
“I don’t want to jinx ourselves, but I feel like we can accomplish some pretty good things,” Shockey said. “I’m very excited for this year.”
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