PPH Notebook: Senior night extra special for Shain
Posted: October 15th, 2012 by T Nolette
Alex Shain of Sanford did not need another reason to get excited about last Friday night's football game at Cobb Stadium against Windham.
But he got one.
Besides it being his last home game as a senior, Shain also knew his grandfather Rod Shain was watching. And that was a big deal. Rod Shain, a retired Sanford teacher, suffered a stroke last winter.
"We almost lost him," Alex Shain said. "But he's a fighter."
Rod Shain used to watch every one of his grandson's games, and Alex usually put on quite a show as one of the best running backs in the state. But Alex's grandfather had not been able to catch a game this year while in rehabilitation.
But, with the help of Alex's father, Jeff, Rod Shain was at Cobb Stadium on Friday night.
"My emotions were off the chart," Alex said. "For him to be here, it really meant a lot to me."
Shain was able to channel those emotions into another dominant performance -- 275 yards rushing and five touchdowns, in Sanford's 34-7 win over the Eagles.