By: Brandon Blakney
The hopes of success on the gridiron and hardwood for the Parkland Mustangs may fall on the shoulders of a 5’9 rising sophomore named Camian Shell.
Shell slotted in as the starting quarterback and point guard for both the Mustangs football and basketball programs. Both teams made the playoffs and Shell was a crucial part in both runs.
On the football field Shell is an electrifying dual threat signal caller he can make multiple reads, and Shell is accurate throwing on the run. In the open field Shell is a problem; he’s extremely elusive, on the scrabble Shell has running back like vision and cutback ability.
Starting as a freshman at any position is tough but to be called upon to play the toughest spot on the field is an entire different beast, not only did Shell take the challenge head on he excelled and so did this team. The Mustangs (6-6,4-2), got back to the playoffs and proved to be one of the most exciting teams to watch in the triad. Shell’s early emergence should have Parkland in the thick of things for the near future.
“ On the football field I know I have to get bigger because those guys are trying to take the smaller guys heads off, I play quarterback so it’s helped me become a more vocal leader I tell– them what I need to do. I know I need to bring my A game every night even during practices and I have to get on them when they’re messing up.” Shell told Sports Carolina Monthly
The Mustangs will return some experienced pieces from last year’s team at key positions on both sides of the ball, including star linebacker Lee Kpogba (West Virginia signee). This group had a solid year to gell and grow together.
Shell is confident the Stangs can make another playoff run and possibly take the next step.
“We’ve got some pretty good weapons this year, a good O- Line coming in, with some good coaches as well. Being able to make the playoffs again is an expectation,and all conference this year.” Shell said.
Parkland will kick things off on the road this year at High Point Central on August 17th, this will be a solid early test for the Mustangs who fell to the Bison in a 22-21 thriller last year.
One key game to note is a late conference matchup with Dudley high school, the Panthers are a team many see as the favorite to take this 3A Piedmont Triad Conference and make a potential run at a state title.