After two-way starter Randy Gordon went down in the last full day of team camp in July with a broken bone in his foot, Archbishop Thomas Murphy coach Dave Ward hoped for a relatively clean bill of health once the season began. Despite a No. 2 Class 2A ranking, his wishes have hardly been fulfilled.
Senior Caleb Smith, Gordon’s replacement, tore a ligament in his ankle in the first game. Sophomore Alex Kramer (Smith’s fill-in) injured his ankle the following Sunday. Moreover, senior starting guard Andrew Perez (knee) has been out since the second game.
“We haven’t had to a start a freshman yet, knock on wood,” quipped Ward prior to Friday’s home clash with Cascade Conference co-leader Cedarcrest. “But we’re digging into the sophomores.”
Then, there was this week’s news that star Alex Martinez (collarbone injury suffered last week) is out.
“He had been our mainstay in the backfield at the tailback/fullback position,” Ward said. “He gets a lot of yards, a lot of big plays. He’s tough to tackle and is a good tackler on defense.”
Ward, just prior to kickoff at a rain-soaked Terry Ennis Stadium in South Everett, explained how he’s handled all of this attrition heading into tonight’s showdown.
“You can’t do anything about it,” he said. “We had four good practices. I hate losing guys during the week and having a fresh guy on a Thursday or Friday that didn’t get to practice. So that’s good.”