Q&A: Fort Frye’s Brady Schilling is a tough cover as a wideout
Favorite subject: math and history
Sports: football, basketball, track & field (PVC champion in pole vault)
2018 football honor: OHSAA Division VI second team All-East selection with 37 catches for 599 yards and seven touchdowns
Wgt.: 175 pounds
Family: Charlie and Karri Schilling (father and mother): younger siblings: Bella, Briar, Ben
Question: You had three touchdown catches against Nelsonville-York. Were you being double-covered?
Answer: (laughs) No, I don’t think so. I was just running typical routes, and Ian (Ellis) did a great job of passing the ball to me. Our offensive line gave him great protection. Ian’s getting better every day, every week.
Q: Were you lined up on left or right side?
A: It just depended on what formation we were in.
Q: With Fort Frye being basically a run-oriented team, that’s got to be a single-game high for you in TD catches?
A: It is.
Q: Now, the Cadets go travel to Waterford Friday night. Is it a friendly rivalry?
A: That’s a big game, and it’s always a great game. I know a lot of their players, and it’s a friendly rivalry for the most part. But sometimes it’s not.
Q: Waterford’s Zane Heiss had three picks last Friday (vs. South Gallia), and I figure you’ll be covered by him. What do you think?
A: Maybe, but I don’t really know. Waterford has so many good athletes.
Q: You’re also a corner on defense, and maybe you’ll be covering Waterford receiver Nick Fouss?
A: Maybe. We like to mix it up. Waterford’s receivers are pretty talented. I’m just going to do whatever it takes to win the game. And, it should be a really good game with a big crowd. I’m excited.
Q: During your football career, is there any football highlight that stands out in your mind?
A: Last year’s regional final against Shadyside (at Meadowbrook). I’ll never forget that game. It was so much fun. (Fort won 18-6).
Q: Do you think you’d like to play football at the collegiate level?
A: I would, but I’m not sure where yet.
Q: I have to believe that football is your favorite sport?
A: It is, but I like basketball and pole vaulting, too. I just enjoy competing and everything.
Q: Did you watch any NFL football on Sunday?
A: I watched the Browns play on TV, and didn’t expect that. (Cleveland lost to Tennessee, 43-13.) I don’t really have a favorite NFL team. I just enjoy watching it.
I’m definitely a Buckeyes fan, though.
Q: As a student/athlete, who has helped impact your sports career at Fort Frye?
A: My parents, my family, and all of my coaches…I can’t thank them all enough.
Fort Frye Cadets head football coach Eric Huck on Schilling:
“He’s an athlete and can do it all. He’ll play anywhere you ask him to play. He played some quarterback for us when he was a sophomore. I think wide receiver is his natural position, though. And with his speed and height, I believe he has the ability to play football at the collegiate level.
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