Champlin Park quarterback Cade Fitzgerald (11) ran the ball for a touchdown in the second quarter against White Bear Lake. Photo: AARON LAVINSKY • firstname.lastname@example.org
Champlin Park senior running back Shawn Shipman posted concerning numbers long before taking his first handoff Tuesday in his team’s Class 6A football playoff opener.
White Bear Lake coach Ryan Bartlett noted the 6-foot, 200-pound Shipman was “heavier than two of our starting defensive linemen. Between him and their huge offensive line, we were worried about that being an issue going into this game.”
The Rebels leveraged their size advantage in a 34-8 rout at home. Shipman’s inspired performance featured 195 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns. Whether pounding between the tackles or taking option pitches with speed around the corner, Shipman carried the offense to success.
“He can run past you; he can run it down your throat,” junior quarterback Cade Fitzgerald said. “He can do it all.”
No. 3 seed Champlin Park (3-3) is scheduled to play at 7 p.m. Saturday at No. 2 seed Shakopee. Going into Tuesday, the Rebels had lost three consecutive games and had not played in 11 days because of a COVID-19 related break.
Any concerns about starting slow disappeared as Shipman tore off chunks of yards on each of his first four handoffs. He picked up 44 yards on four carries, including a 6-yard touchdown as the Rebels took a 7-0 lead.
Led by senior running back Shawn Shipman, Champlin Park rolled to a 34-8 victory at home on Tuesday against White Bear Lake in the first round of the Class 6A football playoffs.
Shipman scored two rushing touchdowns for No. 3 seed Champlin Park (3-3), which had lost three consecutive games and had not played in 11 days coming into the game Tuesday. Shipman finished with 195 yards on 27 carries.
With the victory, the Rebels advance to play a scheduled 7 p.m. Saturday game at No. 2 seed Shakopee.
No. 6 seed White Bear Lake (2-4), which scored an overtime victory last week against Woodbury, couldn’t stop Shipman and also struggled to finish its own offensive possessions.
Check back later for more on the game.