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Norwell's high expectations for this season got off to a strong start with a 14-13 opening-night win at Leo, its first win over the Lions since 2009. But the Knights took some hits, too.
Senior wide receiver Reggie Hayes, a second-team All-Northeast Hoosier Conference pick last season, left the game in the second quarter with a head injury after being sandwiched by Leo defenders. Senior lineman Andrew Oakes, a first-team All-NHC pick last year, suffered a shoulder injury in the second half. Hayes has not yet been cleared to play against Heritage on Friday. Oakes will be out for an undetermined period while he recovers.
Norwell was already without starting lineman Curtis Blackwell (finger injury) and starting cornerback Brody Myers (concussion). It's uncertain whether Blackwell or Myers will be available this week, although both are expected back soon.
All four injured starters play both offense and defense.
“We had to make some adjustments,” Norwell coach Jeff Miller said. “We had Nate Burrows, who plays offense (wide receiver) and very seldom takes reps on defense, playing corner. Guys get hurt, guys get cramped, and those other guys behind them have to be ready to go.”
Dinan pleased with Dinan
Carroll coach Doug Dinan is good at keeping his emotions in check on the sidelines, but it gets a bit harder when your son is on the field.
Even more so when your son is the starting quarterback.
“It is always hard,” said Dinan , who's son Cody started his first varsity game last Friday. “We are coach/player 95 percent of the time, but when something goes well … the dad side creeps back in.”
The elder Dinan had plenty to be pleased about as Cody helped lead the Chargers to a 40-7 win over Goshen. The junior threw for 178 yards and four touchdowns.
“It was not bad for a first start,” Doug said. “He handled the offense and ran the offense well … overall I was very pleased.”
Some father-son combinations leave their player-coach relationship on the field, but home is just as much of a teaching atmosphere for the Dinans.
“We spend a lot of time watching, lot of time going through the playbook and understanding the offense,” Doug said. “There are not many down minutes in terms of us not thinking and talking about football.”
At the half, 21-7 CHS. Dinan 8-14, 132 yards, 3 TDs. Schumacher 9 rushes for 91 yards. Connor has 6 tackles, two if them for a loss.— Carroll Chargers (@carrollchargers) August 23, 2014
Luers handles loss well
Following the post-game handshake with Snider, Bishop Luers coach Kyle Lindsay headed off to meet with his team after a rough defeat in the final five minutes.
“The team was all huddled up, with some kids in front screaming that this is going to be a good year,” said Lindsay, describing the scene. “There was a lot of encouragement. I was happy with how we handled it.”
The injury to Tyrell Johnson made a considerable difference late against Snider. Injured late in the first half after rolling his ankle, Johnson was never again 100 percent in the game and was missed, especially on defense as one of the primary lockdown corners for the Knights.
“Not having him in the fourth quarter when (Snider) was coming back was big,” Lindsay said.
Johnson is “iffy” headed into Friday's game at Northrop.
Next man in for Snider
The Panthers will be without one of their defensive stalwarts for the foreseeable future as inside linebacker Alex Reese will miss time with a dislocated elbow.
While not a season-ending injury, Reese has some rehab ahead of him before he will be able to return.
Stepping up in his absence will be a pair of younger players in Drew Breldfoard and Lucas Isley. The junior Breldfoard saw significant action against Bishop Luers in the nickel package, while Isley will see more action as he is worked into the rotation.
Snider coach Kurt Tippmann was impressed with the absence of significant cramping cases on Friday despite the humidity.
“We have opened with Bishop Luers (since 2009) and that's the hottest game we've had,” Tippmann said. “I am not sure if its because of the work the kids do in the summer or maybe us not going as hard with no consecutive two-a-days being allowed (in the preseason), but their bodies were a little bit more equipped (for the heat).”
Snider wins!!! 31-27 pic.twitter.com/N5UhCT0trN— Shawn (@ShawnTekfort) August 23, 2014