Chance Shelby did a little bit of everything for the Charleston Tigers this season. Make that a whole lot of a lot of things.
“Chance did it all for us,” Charleston head coach Greg Kendrick said. “We wanted to specialize as much as possible this year and have people playing one way, but Chance was just too valuable to take off the field.”
For his all-around contributions to the Tiger team that finished 15-0 as the 3A state champions, Shelby is the Times Record Player of the Year.
Shelby was the leading receiver for the Tigers with 1,364 yards and 22 touchdowns receiving.
On defense, Shelby played safety and was fourth on the team in tackles and had six interceptions.
Shelby also punted for the Tigers, returned punts and returned kicks.
About the only thing Shelby didn’t do was place kick. But he was the holder.
Shelby was also the backup quarterback. He scored touchdowns by return in the kicking game and on defense and became the school’s all-time leading receiver.
Shelby was the lone senior that finished as a three-year starter for the Tigers. He played receiver on the 2011 team that won the school’s third title. He had older brothers that played in previous state championship games in 2008 and 20011.
“Growing up with my brothers playing for Charleston, I have always been around Charleston football,” Shelby said. “I always wanted my chance to get out there on the field and do whatever I can to help the team win.”
Shelby said carrying the expectations of a team that was ranked No. 1 in preseason all the way to the finish line was something the Tigers had to live with all season.
“We have had that target on our backs since the first day of practice,” Shelby said. “It is a great relief to finally win. It was hard to have all that pressure on us all season, but we tried to take it as a challenge. And it just makes it that much better to be out here celebrating a state championship.”