Tommy Touchdowns: Schuster shines in D-1 final

By: Jacob Herbert | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published November 30, 2018

 Clinton Township Chippewa Valley quarterback Tommy Schuster tosses a pass in the Division 1 title game Nov. 24 at Ford Field. The Big Reds beat Clarkston 31-30 behind a perfect throwing performance from Schuster.

Clinton Township Chippewa Valley quarterback Tommy Schuster tosses a pass in the Division 1 title game Nov. 24 at Ford Field. The Big Reds beat Clarkston 31-30 behind a perfect throwing performance from Schuster.

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DETROIT — There are not many high school quarterbacks who can say they’ve had a perfect game. No incomplete passes and no interceptions.

 

One quarterback who does not fall into the category is Tommy Schuster of Clinton Township Chippewa Valley. Schuster was perfect in the Big Reds’ 31-30 win over Clarkston High in the Division 1 state championship Nov. 24 at Ford Field.

 

The senior was 13-of-13 passing for 205 yards and two touchdowns. Schuster’s first touchdown pass came on a 38-yard throw to Martice Bunting. The second went to David Ellis on a 25-yard hookup.

 

“I just wanted to come out here, play my game and show everybody what I could do,” Schuster said. “I knew there would be a lot of people watching.”

 

Schuster’s performance came on a day where the running game, which has been the bread and butter for Chippewa all season, wasn’t exactly there. The Big Reds ran for 128 yards. Running back Andrew Chenault accounted for 67 of them, while J’Von Kimpson rushed for 40. In total, five different players carried the ball for Chippewa.

 

Ellis said that makes the team even better.

 

“You need to be able to throw the ball and run the ball. Fortunately, (Schuster) can run the ball and he can throw the ball on top of our running game,” Ellis said.

 

Schuster ends his three-year varsity career at Chippewa Valley with 67 pass touchdowns to go along with 10 interceptions. He has thrown for 4,958 yards and run for 1,033.

 

He ended his senior season with 26 touchdowns and one interception.

 

Despite his performance in the title game, and his career overall, Schuster still does not have any major college offers and that’s something that puzzles coach Scott Merchant.

 

 “All the kid does is win,” Merchant said of Schuster. “We’re not a team who throws the ball 40 times per game. When we get up on people, we don’t throw the ball on people. We don’t play for stats. I mean he (Schuster) could have had 3,000 yards passing if we wanted to.”

 

Ellis added onto that, saying he hopes this game changed the mind of some college coaches.

 

“I don’t know what people don’t see,” the wideout said. “He’s showed everybody everything. I think after the college season, things will change. I think he’ll definitely get a lot of offers after this playoff run.”

 

Call Sports Writer Jacob Herbert at (586) 498 1062. Follow Sports on Twitter @CandGSports.