Northwest Whitfield’s Luke Shiflett Continues to Shine in the Quarterback Spotlight
Tunnel Hill, GA-(WDEF) One of the showcase showdowns in high school football tonight has Northwest Whitfield battling Dalton.
Bruins dual-threat quarterback Luke Shiflett hopes to shine against his cross-town rival.
With Shiflett calling the shots, the Bruins offense has already tallied over a thousand yards of total offense in just two games this season.
It didn’t take Luke Shiflett long to prove he was going to be a great quarterback for Northwest Whitfield.
Said offensive coordinator Greg Brown:”His 9th grade year. His brother got hurt in a game over on the road at Gilmer. We were down fourteen when he came in the game. About six minutes later, it was tied up.”
Last season, the athletic Shiflett rushed for over 800-yards and threw for over 23-hundred yards.
Said Brown:”Well from a physical aspect he’s really, really fast.”
Said Shiflett:”I think I do a really good job of changing speeds. I think that plays into my favor a lot. I’ve always been pretty strong in the weight room.”
Said head coach Josh Robinson:”He benches 250 plus pounds. He power cleans 250 plus pounds. Squats 400 pounds. I guess his weight room numbers are probably what’s surprising to most people.”
But Shiflett never feels much weight on his shoulders during a game.
Said Robinson:”I’ve really never seen him get rattled.”
Said Shiflett::”I think I have become more composed about sitting in the pocket and stuff like that.”
Said Robinson:”You feel like you can score on every possession because he’s the quarterback. You also feel like if things go wrong, we can come back in any situation.”
Back in May, Shiflett committed to play college ball at MTSU.
Said Brown:”MTSU came in the spring. They came to one of our morning practices during the spring. We charted it after practice. I think he was like 46 of 48 that morning in practice. They’re really excited. They think they got a steal, and we do too.”
When Shiflett graduates, it sounds like his departure will inspire a country song title from Greg Brown.
Said Brown:”He makes me right a whole lot more than he makes me wrong. I’ll miss that next year.”