Through five weeks of the football season, Carson High linebacker Austin Shaffer sits atop the Division I tackling stats with 52.
Whether he holds that spot remains to be seen, but Shaffer likes being first in anything he attempts on the athletic field.
"Ever since I can remember, whether it was basketball or football season, I hated to be anything other than first," said Shaffer before a recent practice in preparation for tonight's (7:30 p.m.) Sierra League opener at Damonte Ranch. "If we were running sprints, I wanted to be first.
"There are lots of opportunities for me to make …