From spectator to record-breaker, Shon Mitchell eyes elusive state title

CHESAPEAKE (WAVY) – Shon Mitchell can remember watching Oscar Smith football games from the stands. More specifically, he remembers watching former Tigers quarterback Philip Sims, who broke the Virginia High School League record for career yards and passing touchdowns.

Little did Mitchell know, he would surpass Sims in both of those categories.

“To break those records and be in position to break the touchdown record, it’s only God willing,” said Mitchell, who will face Colonial Forge on Saturday for the right to play in his third 6A state championship game.

In fact, the senior quarterback remembers the first day he walked through the double-doors at Oscar Smith, only to be met by then-head coach Richard Morgan, who immediately took Mitchell under his wing.

Over 10,000 yards, three region championships and two state title appearances later, Mitchell is still only preoccupied with one thing.

“I just want to get a state championship for these guys I’ve played with this year, and the guys I’ve played with the three previous years, coach (Richard) Morgan, the rest of those coaches down there (who followed Morgan) in Georgia, and of course our new coaching staff,” said Mitchell.

He came so close a season ago, losing the 6A title game to Westfield in triple-overtime. He says his team has just hit a wall so many times, but now it’s time to “break through that wall and get the job done.

“I just want to put the cherry on top,” he said.