Battle weary Warriors face Battle Mountain
The Whittell Warrior football team is already battle torn. Now, they face Battle Mountain, last year’s regional champ.
It couldn’t come at a worse time.
After a heart-wrenching homecoming loss to the Hawthorne Serpents last weekend, the Warriors are without runningback Alex Swearingen, who dislocated his shoulder in the first play of the game. They’re also without running back Christian Anton, who suffered a mild concussion.
They may also be without running wide receiver Brian Johnson, who has a pinched nerve is his back. And to make matters worse, senior running back Jake Summers has strep throat.
“We’re trying to keep our heads up and we will try to go out there and do our best. And we’ll see what happens,” Summers said.
Lineman Ben Boren is also questionable with a shoulder injury.
Rounding out the list of injured players is Brian Barnard, who has been playing with a cast on his elbow.
With all that in mind, it’s going to be hard for Whittell to keep its chin up against a team that has traditionally been a league powerhouse.
“I feel good about just the fact that our guys aren’t going to back down. They’re a little intimidated, but they play hard and good things happen when you play hard,” said Warrior coach Mike Evans.
Evans is also looking to the future and sees a potential tie for fourth place in the 2A Northern Region with Incline and Hawthorne.
So long as Whittell can play and defeat Incline by at least 11 points, the Warriors stand a strong chance of making the playoffs.
But that’s getting ahead of schedule.
Right now is Battle Mountain (2-1, 5-1) a team that has shown few weaknesses this year.
But anything can happen, especially in 2A football.
Evans plans to play lineman Casey Canto at running back.
Nick Lowe will return at quarterback and it anxious to put the offense back into action.
“We just can’t make mistakes and come out of the shoots slow,” Evans said, referring to the first half of the Hawthorne game, when Whittell fumbled away many of its first-half possessions.
“We can’t afford to lose the ball and we can’t afford to lose anymore kids,” he said.
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