SANFORD — Perhaps the coolest story coming out of the first week of high school football was authored by an heir to an ice cream empire.
And if you’ve ever seen “Shain’s of Maine” in your supermarket freezer, you’d know which empire.
Alex Shain, a junior at Sanford, galloped for 269 yards and five touchdowns on 17 carries in the Redskins’ 49-30 trampling of Biddeford.
Making his very first varsity start, Shain iced the Tigers with runs of 32, 65, 25, 17, and 77 yards, with the first of those coming on the Redskins’ first offensive play of the season.
“It was the ’27 Toss,’” said Shain, revealing a bit of Sanford coach Mike Fallon’s playbook terminology.“
Two of Shain’s other scores also came on Sanford’s first plays of possession, which served as a punch to the collective Biddeford gut.
“Too many Sea Dogs Biscuits,” quipped Shain’s teammate, Jon Schroeder, referring to one of the frozen treats most likely featured on the Shain family’s training table. Schroeder’s own 90-yard sprint with the second-half kickoff blew open what had been a 23-23 deadlock.
“Maybe it’s the ice cream,” he added.
Perhaps, but more likely it was all that off-season flexibility and speed training that Shain put in.
That same rigorous training helped him capture the long jump championship at the Maine State Class A meet in June.
“Alex is a pretty good football player,” said Fallon. “No question. Last year as a sophomore, he was playing behind a pretty player (Shawn Goodrich, since graduated). You didn’t see him, but we think we knew what his potential was.”
Now all of Maine knows about Shain.
Veteran sportswriter Dan Hickling has covered sports from preps to the pros throughout Maine and beyond. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org