FLOWERY BRANCH — No longer is Flowery Branch High sophomore Connor Shaw just the starting quarterbacks little brother. He’s doing just fine making a name for himself.
In the Falcons’ (9-1, 4-0 Region 7B-AAA) 41-7 rout of West Hall last Friday, Shaw hauled in five passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns. To date, Shaw has accumulated 971 yards receiving on 50 catches (19.4 yards per catch) and 11 touchdowns.
The Falcons’ wide receiver credits his performance at the receiver position last week as the best in his short career.
"I would have to say that as a game overall, that my game against Gainesville earlier in the year when I had punt return yards, rushing yards and receiving yards was a better game.
"But as a receiver, this was definitely my best game."
Connor said that catching passes from older brother Jaybo Shaw, and playing for his father — Lee Shaw, is a once in a lifetime opportunity and a privilege that he’ll never forget.
"Jaybo and I have been throwing back and forth to one another since we were little kids," Connor said with a smile. "It definitely helps us out on Friday nights."
"(Connor Shaw) has done an awesome job of stepping in and being the go-to guy," Flowery Branch coach and Connor’s father Lee Shaw said. "It’s been a huge advantage that him and Jaybo have been throwing the ball forever, and they have that special connection that brothers have.
"I’m just really proud of him and how he’s been a play maker and hopefully that will extend into the playoffs."
Connor added that his older brother has been a mentor on and off the field.
"It’s great because (Jaybo and I) can carry it off the field," Connor Shaw said. "He’ll talk to me about coverages, and next year I’ll be replacing him at quarterback.
"He just helps me out with everything."
According to Jaybo Shaw, his little brother’s stellar play makes him look better.
"Connor has really matured this year," Jaybo said. "My job is to get him the ball anywhere close, and I know his going to catch it.
"It’s just getting him the ball, and watching him do something with it after he catches it."
With his standout performance last Friday, Connor feels more confident, and wants to complete the goals that the seniors set during the preseason.
"The team’s been saying that we want a ring," the younger Shaw said. "Obviously we’re going to take one game at a time and get to the big game."
Connor hopes to accomplish a number of things before he graduates.
"I would love to come close to Jaybo’s quarterback records that he set," Connor said. "I’ve got some big shoes to fill after he’s gone, but I’d love to."