In Shippensburg's Week 6 victory over Mifflin County, junior quarterback Carter Van Scyoc surpassed 1,000 passing yards and now has 1,174 for the season. Video by Lindsey Smith, GameTimePA.com
After a second quarter in which Carter Van Scyoc turned the ball over for the third time in a 6:16 span, the milestone of going over 1,000 yards passing seemed like, well...a thousand yards away.
But Van Scyoc did not let that keep him down.
"I pulled my self together in the second half and we were able to get a win," Van Scyoc said. "It helps that my teammates and coaches believe in me."
After the season he has had so far, they would be crazy not to. In a 35-30 win over Mifflin County, Van Scyoc finished with 261 yards through the air, putting him at 1,124 for the season. He's completing passing at a 62.9 percent clip.
"He's a tremendous worker, has good receivers around him and a good offensive line," Shippensburg coach Eric Foust said.
One of those receivers around Van Scyoc is Cody Gustafson, who is having a tremendous season in his own right. Friday, the two connected early and often for the Greyhounds (6-0, 3-0 MPC), so much so that you felt like Gustafson might somehow end the night with more yards receiving than Van Scyoc had passing. Gustafson came up just short, accounting for 231 of the 261 total.
Despite this being Van Scyoc's first year playing varsity quarterback, the two have a history that they have built upon.
"He's been my quarterback before, we played basketball together, and we've been friends off the field for awhile so there's a really good chemistry there," Gustafson said.
Van Scyoc would be forgiven if he was caught marveling at the overflow of stats he has produced this year, but he said numbers are not important, it's all about winning.
"Throwing touchdowns is nice but as long as we get a win that's what is most important," Van Scyoc said.
Tonight that focus on ignoring anything but winning was put to the test after halftime.
Van Scyoc aced it, and that is a big reason why the Greyhounds are still undefeated.