An Injured Season

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An Injured Season

Think about what is to come. Coach Roepke took a moment from class to think about how the rest of the season might go.

Think about what is to come. Coach Roepke took a moment from class to think about how the rest of the season might go. "This has been a strange year," Roepke said.

Think about what is to come. Coach Roepke took a moment from class to think about how the rest of the season might go. "This has been a strange year," Roepke said.

Think about what is to come. Coach Roepke took a moment from class to think about how the rest of the season might go. "This has been a strange year," Roepke said.

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Injuries can affect many people in many ways. For the football team, the abundant amount of injuries this season affected the team as a whole. Positions had to be switched, and other changes had to be made in order to make up for the absence of players. 

A large number of starters were hurt in the first game of the season, likely affecting the team’s overall record, as well as its morale.

Eric Roepke has been an offensive line coach for many years, as well as teaching Spanish I and II. 

 “In the twenty-eight years I have been here this is the worst I have ever seen…This has been a strange year,” Roepke said.

Even before the start of the season, the school already had multiple players out, which called for adjustments in starting lineup. Many players had to switch positions to keep the team in balance. 

“Every time we are getting someone situated, and they’re getting used to it, they’re getting hurt. So then we have to put someone new in, and it’s really changed the chemistry quite a bit,” Roepke said.

One of the starting players, Montrell Cozart (12) was injured at the first game of the season, and has been out since. 

“I tore my ACL, my meniscus and my MCL…It won’t affect college, I’ll be healed by then,” Cozart said. `

There are many people who help with the injured and non-injured football players. Frannie Yasseri (12) is an athletic trainer and does all she can to help with the many injuries.

“We are mostly water, but we also do all the taping, and if they need to be rolled out or anything we can help with, we do,” Yasseri said. 

Yasseri believes that many of the injuries affected the team as a whole, and affected their overall possibility of going to state.

 “It definitely took us down a couple notches, like we had a really good chance at state this year, and with the injuries, and who’s injured it’s going to be a lot harder to compete,” Yasseri said. 

The school still has a chance at state, it just may be harder to achieve. Injuries can largely affect a team in many ways.