Football: There's no stopping Redlands East Valley's Shreve
Tyler Shreve might feel a bit like Wile E. Coyote. Everywhere the Redlands East Valley junior quarterback goes this season, something bad seems to happen.
Shreve separated his shoulder in the Wildcats' season opener against Riverside North and had trouble throwing the ball for about three weeks.
He was then involved in an accident earlier this month in which his family's car rolled over several times. Luckily, no one was seriously hurt and Shreve suffered only a stiff neck and a mild concussion.
Most recently, after Redlands East Valley defeated Rialto on Oct. 17, Shreve sprained an ankle.
Shreve has nonetheless played in every game for the Wildcats, completing 67 of 117 passes for 996 yards and eight touchdowns with only one interception. He's also rushed for a team-high 441 yards and nine touchdowns.
"He's played every snap and played through all the pain," Coach Kurt Bruich said.
Still, Bruich conceded that the injuries have prevented the highly touted Shreve from fulfilling his potential.
"I don't think he's played well yet," said Bruich, who noted that the ankle was still bothering Shreve. "He hasn't shown what he's capable of because he hasn't been able to practice at full strength all season. As he gets healthy, he'll start to play better."
The Wildcats (7-0 overall, 4-0 Citrus Belt League), ranked No. 13 in the Southland by The Times, will need Shreve at his best Friday when they play at Miller (7-0, 4-0) in a game that will likely determine the league champion.
"In order for us to be successful," Bruich said, "he really has to show up Friday."