Shutta excited to get back on field
Mike Shutta has been waiting too long.
The senior running back weighted heavily in the Roughies' offensive attack this season and he fulfilled expectations with a string of steady performances. But a concussion sidelined Shutta in the second half of the season, and there were serious doubts whether he would return this season.
Thursday morning, Shutta will get his final chance in a Catty uniform to prove his worth. To say that he is anxious to get back on the field simply is putting it mildly.
"I can't wait," beamed Shutta. "This is the game that you wait to play as a senior. It might be easy to say that this is bigger than a playoff game. It will be so much fun to be out there."
Shutta began practicing last week with full contact after his layoff. He didn't experience any pain or any other setbacks. He will enter the game as the team's leading rusher as he gained 501 yards and scored five touchdowns this season.
"Mike (Shutta) has done a nice job for us this season," said Catty head coach Phil Dorn. "We knew he could have a big year for us. But his injury slowed him. When he is healthy, he is one of better backs in the area.
"Mike hits the hole hard, and he can really utilize his speed. He has looked good in practice since he has been back, and we expect him to have a solid game for us Thursday.''
Shutta's first experience on the varsity level was last season. It was a worthwhile one and can be a springboard toward this year's clash.
"Last year was my first, big experience," noted Shutta. "It was really great just being out there. It doesn't matter if you're 0-10 as a team, this is the biggest game if you're a Catty kid."