After I flash again to my ninth-grade yr of highschool, I bear in mind being intimidated by senior guys who regarded like grown males.
That they had vehicles, girlfriends and standing.
I had a purple bicycle.
As a Jenks Excessive College freshman, Shaker Reisig is in a completely completely different place than I used to be as a freshman within the Texas Panhandle.
On Friday, earlier than a Union-Tuttle Stadium crowd of almost 10,000 and a statewide viewers of cable tv viewers, this poised and supremely gifted 15-year-old scored a unbelievable distinction.
In a MidFirst Financial institution Yard Bowl street recreation, whereas matched with favored and Class 6AI top-ranked Union, Reisig grew to become the primary Trojan freshman in additional than 60 years to start out a recreation at quarterback.
On his first move of the evening, Reisig was intercepted. After that, he settled right into a productive and infrequently dazzling groove, driving the defending 6AI champion Trojans to a 22-0 victory and their second consecutive shutout conquest of Union.
By recreation’s finish on Friday, Reisig was 12-of-17 passing for 150 yards and one landing. He discovered working again Jaiden Carroll with a superbly executed display move, and Carroll raced to the tip zone for the 50-yard rating.
Essentially the most memorable throw of the evening regarded like one thing ripped from a Patrick Mahomes spotlight video. Whereas pressured and on the transfer, Reisig launched a deep-ball strike that was dropped by a teammate in the long run zone.
When Jenks opened the season with an extra time win at Mansfield (Texas) Summit and a house loss to Bixby, junior Ike Owens was the beginning QB.
Whereas Trojan gamers and followers celebrated their victory on Union’s new turf, Jenks coach Keith Riggs indicated to the Tulsa World’s Barry Lewis that the choice to start out Reisig at Union was made after Thursday’s follow.
For a program that enters each season with the expectation of successful a state title, Reisig grew to become the beginning quarterback solely 24 hours earlier than the Yard Bowl.
Reisig’s first-start efficiency was enormous, however the Jenks triumph was a whole crew endeavor. The Trojan protection restricted Union to fewer than 200 complete yards. Union was 1-of-10 on third-down conversions.
Included in Carroll’s 87-yard speeding efficiency was a further landing on a 1-yard plunge.
In the course of the third interval, Union had solely barely extra offensive yards (35) than penalty yards (30). Late within the quarter, Union was flagged for false begins on three consecutive performs. That is perhaps a document of some type.
In the course of the opening minute of the fourth quarter, Jenks jolted Union with a trick play. Working again Jalyn Stanford launched a move downfield. Extensive-open Ty Partitions made the catch and completed a 69-yard landing play that gave the Trojans their 22-point cushion, guaranteeing that Reisig could be the successful pitcher in a recreation that he, his household and Riggs will always remember.
After the Trojan Preview occasion on Aug. 20 in Jenks, I despatched this textual content message to a soccer buddy in Oklahoma Metropolis: “By the best way, Jenks has a ninth-grade QB who will turn out to be a phenom.”
Referring to Reisig as a growing “phenom” was an overstatement at the moment, however I do know once I’m seeing one thing particular.
I noticed one thing particular on Aug. 20 and once more on Friday, and I think Reisig will develop right into a four-year starter and an All-State kind of determine. He’ll get scholarship gives. If he grows to not less than 6-foot-2, he’ll get a bunch of gives.
His top is listed as being 5-11, however at 185 kilos he suits properly on a varsity area. In pads and a helmet, he doesn’t seem like a ninth-grader competing towards defenders who’re two and three years older. On Union’s defensive depth chart have been eight seniors and 12 juniors.
Towards these vastly extra skilled rivals, Reisig took an enormous step towards changing into a highschool soccer celebrity.