By Kris Freeman for White House High School
LEXINGTON – Senior linebacker Evan Shankle finished his career as a White House football player on Friday night with eight tackles in a loss to Lexington.
Shankle, the leading tackler for two years running for the Blue Devils, ended his career with 226 career tackles for the Blue Devils. That tied him for 14th all-time with Chad Neal and Craig Parrisher. On Friday, he passed Harlan Mapes and Joey Parchman.
He also had the eighth best single season for tackles in 220, tying Taylor Wood with 124 stops in the 2020 season. He passed Daniel Mounts (120), Tyler McMurtry (119), Ethan Hoffman (117) and Colby Taylor (116).
Shankle played four years, but limited as a freshman and sophomore with just 20 stops total. He had 82 as a junior and 124 this season.
As a three-way player on offense, defense and special teams, he also finished with 374 rushing this season on 75 carries with two touchdowns, completing 100-yard games against Creek Wood and Montgomery Central in place of injured Ranen Blackburn at tailback. Shankle was normally the starting fullback, and also played linebacker and special teams coverage.