Athlete of the Week: Central’s Shockey stellar in starting tailback debut
WOODSTOCK – Carston Shockey made his first-ever start at tailback for Central last week and he made the most of his debut.
The Central senior scored four touchdowns and rushed for over 100 yards against Skyline. Shockey said he wouldn’t have had the success he had without the help of his teammates.
“It was a good game on everybody’s part,” Shockey said. “The line did a great job. My fullback, Matt Bromley, did a great job. Just everybody – they did what they had to do and I guess that’s just how we won.”
Shockey, The Northern Virginia Daily’s Male Athlete of the Week for the week of Aug. 22-28, carried the ball 24 times for 118 yards and the Falcons beat Skyline, 34-13, in the season opener for both teams.
Shockey said that he’s always nervous before a game, but he was feeling some extra nerves before the game against Skyline.
“It’s just like every game after the opening kickoff, all your nerves just seem to go away,” Shockey said.
Central coach Mike Yew said he was very pleased with how Shockey performed.
“We had a game plan to try to pound out and try to run the ball,” Yew said. “I don’t know how many times he carried it in the first half, I would say about 20, but he responded real well. He had a nice game. He hit the holes hard and kept moving his feet. I’m really proud of him.”
Shockey played at wide receiver and tailback last season. He said that he was able to learn a lot from some of the tailbacks before him such as Central graduates Hank Hoover and Daniel Molina.
“Just ever since I was on the (junior varsity) team I could watch them and see what they do,” Shockey said. “I watched what they would do in certain situations, and I would just learn what kind of moves they would use. They’d give me pointers.”
Now it’s Shockey who is giving the pointers. The senior said during the game he was trying to help out some of the younger players on the team, especially the wide receivers.
The Falcons have 24 sophomores on the team, and Shockey said he was impressed with how they played in their first varsity game.
“I feel like they did really good,” Shockey said. “I’m really proud of all the young guys. They came out here and they showed us what they could do, and they proved to us that they’re able to play at this level of play. It’s good news for us older guys as well as the coaches. For those younger guys to show us how well they can do in a game.”
Shockey said the performance he had at tailback also gives him a little more confidence of what he can do this season.
He also played at safety against Skyline, after playing at cornerback for the last two seasons. Shockey said he was happy with how he did on defense, but knows there’s room for improvement.
“I guess in the Page (County) scrimmage I was still trying to get used to the safety position, but now that we’re into game week I feel like I’ve learned the material and now I’m really starting to apply it,” Shockey said. “I feel like I’ve learned a lot, and I’m in a better position now than I was a couple weeks ago.”
The Falcons play at Shenandoah County rival Stonewall Jackson on Friday, and Shockey said the Falcons need to keep improving.
“I expect it to be a good game. We definitely need to come out focused and ready to play,” Shockey said. “We can’t be content with what we had this past Friday. We need to go out there and be even better, play even better than we did.”
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