For three years at Shippensburg University, Charles Headen and Winston Eubanks were a dynamic duo on the football field. However, these two have been around each other for much longer than that.
Headen and Eubanks went to LaSalle College High School together in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania.
“I first met Winston at summer football camp going into our freshman year at LaSalle, and we got close after that first month,” Headen said.
On the football field, they were great receivers with Eubanks using his size and athleticism to overpower defensive backs, while Headen would use his speed to evade tacklers and return punts and kicks.
“Our best moment on the football field in high school was probably winning the Philadelphia Catholic League (PCL) championship our senior year,” Eubanks said.
Not only did the duo dominate on the football field together in high school, but they also dominated on the track.
The pair helped set a school record in the 4x100 relay race, and Headen owned the school record for the 100-meter dash. They even competed at the Indoor National Championship.
“At the Colonial Regionals our senior year, we had the PA No. 1 in the relay, Winston was the PA No. 1 in the 200 meter, and I was No. 1 in the 100m,” Headen said.
Eubanks and Headen decided to pursue playing football in college but injuries sustained throughout their high school career took away film from college coaches, and they were not garnering Division One interest.
Originally Eubanks was ready to go to Bloomsburg University while Headen was planning to attend SU, but after their paired visit to SU, those plans changed.
“We came up together on our visit, but we got stuck in a huge snowstorm and had to stay an extra day. Those days together at Ship made us realize that this is where we wanted to be,” Eubanks said.
The decision turned out to be a good one as Headen tallied 80 receptions, 909 yards, and 14 touchdowns in his SU career. Eubanks caught 148 passes for 2,853 yards and had 28 touchdowns in his three years at SU.
Eubanks was also a three-time All-PSAC Eastern Division First Team Player and was the 2017 PSAC Eastern Division Freshman of the Year.
“My favorite memory was from our redshirt-freshman season when we watched the NCAA Selection Show in the CUB (Ceddia Union Building), and we were selected. That was a cool moment,” Eubanks said.
After entering the transfer portal, the pair are now just working out and training while they wait for a call from a coach.
“It feels like we are just free agents right now, just working out and staying ready to get a call from a coach telling us to come and play,” Headen said.
The duo will be ready for the challenge no matter what the school is.