When I recall my 9th grade in high school, I remember being intimidated by senior guys who looked like grown men.
They had cars, girlfriends and status.
As a freshman at Jenks High, Shaker Reisig was in a completely different place than I was as a freshman at the Texas Panhandle.
On Friday, in front of a crowd of nearly 10,000 at Union-Tuttle Stadium and cable TV audiences across the state, the poised and incredibly talented 15-year-old scored a stunning goal.
In a match on the MidFirst Bank Backyard Bowl, when played against the favored Union and topped Class 6AI, Reisig became the first Trojan freshman in over 60 years to start a quarterback game.
During the first pass of the night, Reisig was stopped. He then settled into success and at times brilliantly, taking the defending champions 6AI Trojans to a 22-0 win and their second consecutive Union conquest.
At the end of Friday’s game, Reisig had 12 of 17 passes in 150 yards and one touchdown. He found Jaiden Carroll running back with a perfect pass made on the screen, and Carroll running to the end area to score a 50-yard score.
The most memorable throw of the night looked like something out of a Patrick Mahomes video highlight. While being pressured and moved, Reisig launched a shot that sank in the penalty area of his teammates.