Bishop England senior Nick Shiver may not get to touch the football as often as he would like, but one thing is certain: Shiver makes the most of every touch.
The 5-11, 195-pound running back came into Thursday’s game with North Charleston averaging nearly 13 yards per rushing attempt. He did nothing to hurt that average, rushing for 71 yards on two carries and a touchdown, catching a 37-yard touchdown pass, and returning an interception 96 yards for a score — all in the first half.
Bishop England led 35-0 at the break en route to a 38-0 victory, its third in a row after an 0-2 start.
“It doesn’t really matter to me how many times I get the ball as long we win the game,” said Shiver. “Like any running back, I want as many carries as I can get. I want to do whatever I can to help us win. Some games I might get the ball more than others. My job is to make something good happen when I get my opportunity.”
Shiver topped the 500-yard rushing total in the victory and has only 41 carries this season. Bishop England head coach John Cantey says those numbers will increase as the season moves on.
“He’s going to get the ball plenty more,” said Cantey. “He’s a heckuva athlete and a great young man. He’s a big part of our offense for sure.”
Bishop England has won the last two state championships in Division II-AA. The leader of the 2011 title team was running back Andrew Bunch. Last year’s main weapon was DeAngelo Stephenson. Cantey says 2013 belongs to Shiver.
“He’s a mature kid and he knew he had to wait his turn, and now it’s his turn,” the coach said. “He’s worked really hard during the offseason and he is ready to step up for us. He’s going to have a big year.”
The Bishops wasted little time putting North Charleston away, scoring three times in the first quarter. Quarterback Reed Fosberry tossed touchdown passes to Boo Baird and Shiver, and fullback CJ Michel added a 1-yard run.
In the second, Shiver scored on a 48-yard run and closed the first-half scoring with a 96-yard interception return for a TD.
Cantey played second-teamers exclusively in the second half, and the Bishops managed only a 35-yard field by Matthew Mellin on the first possession of the third quarter.
“We’re young and it has been a huge growing experience early on, but they are learning under fire and we’re making progress each week,” said Cantey.
North Charleston 0 0 0 0— 0
Bishop England 21 14 3 0—38
BE – Boo Baird 15 pass from Reed Fosberry (Matthew Mellin kick)
BE – Nick Shiver 37 pass from Fosberry (Mellin kick)
BE – CJ Michel 1 run (Mellin kick)
BE – Shiver 48 run (Mellin kick)
BE – Shiver 96 interception return (Mellin kick)
BE – Mellin 35 FG