Shiquan Ethridge recently helped lead Wayne Christian to its first state title in eight-man football.
During the Eagles’ 28-8 victory against Halifax Academy in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association DII championship game, Ethridge scored all four of the Eagles’ touchdowns and rushed for well over 100 yards.
“It’s really the coaches. They’ve been telling us since the spring of last year that we need to just P.F.G, which stands for prepare for glory,” Ethridge said. “I give these boys my all, and they give their all every day, and it’s a brotherhood.”
The Eagles winning a state title is impressive, considering the Eagles restarted their football program three years ago.
Ethridge said is it surreal to go from having no team to winning a state title in just three years, and he wanted to thank Wayne Christian head coach Luis Miranda for always believing in him.
“It’s really great because coach Miranda is a great man. He inspires us every day with his love for God and for us,” Ethridge said. “We’ve been through some hard times and had tough talks, and he’s just like a father figure to all of us.”
After starting the season 0-3, the Eagles reeled off eight straight wins to win the state title, and Ethridge was simply unstoppable this season.
He rushed for over 200 yards in four games this season and scored over 17 touchdowns. Ethridge his success this season would not have been possible without his offensive line.
“My o-line really came through for me,” Ethridge said. “They’re my boys, and I’d go to war for my o-line.”
Only a junior, Ethridge is looking forward to his senior season and having the Eagles compete for another title.