Fair Grove's Schaffitzel is more than a mouthful for defenses

The Houston coaching staff didn’t have much time to enjoy qualifying for the postseason. Before daylight Saturday morning following the Tigers’ 62-22 victory against Cuba, coach Chris Edwards and his staff were breaking down game film and looking for a way to slow standout Fair Grove running back Caleb Schaffitzel.

No one has done it yet.

Schaffitzel has compiled one of the top statistical seasons in state history. The junior tailback has rushed for 2,070 yards and 38 touchdowns for the seventh-ranked Eagles, who hosted Houston Wednesday night in the Class 2 playoffs.

“Our big key is trying to limit him,” Edwards said. “You know you won’t stop him completely. We’ve got to try to limit him, especially yards after contact. Watching him on film, a lot of times he’s breaking four or five tackles.”

Schaffitzel, who is 6-feet tall and 190 pounds, began his freshman season as a wide receiver. He was moved to running back and began piling up massive numbers.

Schaffitzel rushed for 1,302 yards and 15 scores as a freshman, followed by another 1,771 yards and 19 touchdowns last season.

His 38 touchdowns this season would rank eighth in MSHSAA history – and Fair Grove, which has outscored its opponents 428-72 thus far, plans to play a handful of more games.

“He’s a special kid because he’s big and powerful and can run you over, but he’s also got some elusiveness,” Edwards said. “We’ve got to get the calvary there. We have to get a lot of people on the tackles.”

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