Schurig father-son duo enjoying Washburn experience

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Mitch Schurig's first experience as a ball boy could've gone better.

"My first-ever game, I got run over," Schurig said. "And my mom didn't want to me do it anymore. But my dad convinced her because they needed some ball boys."

He'd get used to hanging around his dad's team. Mitch stayed as his father, Craig, continued to coach the Washburn Ichabods. The 17-year Washburn head man has a son who plays baseball at Washburn and had a daughter that swam at Kansas.

But now, he gets to watch a son who dreamed of one day playing for the Ichabods get to do so under his father.

"When I'm on the field, I feel like I'm his player," Mitch Schurig said. "I'm a quarterback on the football team. And then off of it, I'm his son."

"When you're actually at practice or in meetings, you're the coach," Craig Schurig said. "Once practice is over, it's just like he mentioned. It's like hey, you want to come over to eat dinner?"

The talk at the table this week had to be about Mitch's first collegiate start. It came on Sept. 22 against Central Missouri, as he stepped in for injured starter Blake Peterson.

But before the game even started, Craig decided to send Mitch a text.

"He sent a nice bible verse and then I said I was ready, let's go have some fun," Mitch Schurig said.

"My wife and I do that when the kids are competing or doing something that's important to them," Craig Schurig said. "Just for them to realize they have that faith and that strength to get the job done."

The first-time starter did a lot more than that. He threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns in the first half.

"I didn't expect to have that happen," Mitch Schurig said.

"Yeah, four touchdowns kind of overshoots what you think," Craig Schurig said.

The father-son duo said they shared one moment as just that on Mitch's last touchdown, a 74-yard strike to Austen Hubert in the second quarter.

"I was like, oh no, I hope he doesn't throw it there," Craig Schurig said as he watched his son start his throw. "And then he did, and it was complete, and Austin ran it for a touchdown. When he came off the field, I said, 'What did you see?'"

"I said I saw the safety fly over and I knew I could hit it in the second window," Mitch Schurig said. "I heard him say, 'Wow, that was really good of you.' I feel like that was a father-son moment."

It ended up being the last touchdown for Washburn in a 28-21 victory on Family Day. And after a victory or a loss is when the Schurig guys finally let family take over.

"You share in those joys and those disappointments," Craig Schurig said. "That's when your father heart kind of takes over and you're tugged a little more emotionally."