Grace Brethren’s Chupp does it all

first_imgSelfless would be the best way to describe the character of senior cornerback/receiver – and most recently quarterback – Travis Chupp of Grace Brethren. Playing quarterback all the way through last year’s regular-season games, Chupp was replaced by the athletic and sizable Rick Elmore (6-foot-5, 235 pounds) during the Golden Knights’ Div. XII playoff run. The move benefited Grace Brethren at the time, and Chupp lined up at receiver to catch passes with no complaints. And behind the speedy All-Division XII Offensive Player of the Year Chad Kackert, the Golden Knights won it all. This season, in the wake of Kackert’s absence after leaving for the University of New Hampshire, Grace Brethren (6-2) stayed with Elmore to open its season against highly touted Oak Park. After seven turnovers and a painful 14-2 loss, a change was needed and Chupp was there. Chupp shook it off and helped the Golden Knights win their next six games while outscoring opponents Fillmore, Village Christian, L.A. Baptist and Marshall 246-22. Chupp has completed 38 of 67 passes for 668 yards and eight touchdowns with just two interception. Chupp also has carried the ball 68 times for 318 yards and three touchdowns, plus has pulled full-time cornerback duty against the opponents’ best receivers. “He’s got tremendous instincts for the football,” defensive coach Mark Hoefler said. “I’ve coached a lot of corners and he’s one of the best I’ve ever seen.” Teammate Steve Gourley, who was the recipient of two Chupp touchdown passes against L.A. Baptist on Oct. 21, knows his teammate well. “He’s the most reliable person you’ll ever meet,” Steve Gourley said. “He knows where to throw the ball and knows what he can do with his arm. You have to trust your quarterback, and you can trust him.” Nathan Brown, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Although he had not taken a snap the entire summer, Chupp knew the offense well enough and already had the trust of head coach Terry Gourley. “He knows my expectation levels and can deal with it,” Gourley said. “I simply said, ‘What do you want to do? I can put the freshmen there (Kevin Ramey).’ He said he wanted to play quarterback.” “I knew Kevin was mentally ready,” Chupp said. “But not physically strong yet. I felt confident.” Wearing number 33, the 5-8, 178-pound Chupp prepared for his first start – against Oaks Christian, ranked No. 1 by the Daily News in small schools, and No. 4 overall. The result was a 48-7 loss that could have been worse with an untested freshman. last_img read more