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September 6, 2013

Thompson still going to play QB for Hulbert

Area football notebook

The main goal of every preseason is to avoid catastrophic injuries. Hulbert nearly failed at that last week.

In their final preseason tune-up at Savanna, the Riders watched as quarterback Brandon Thompson nearly suffered a season-ending injury.

“We was injured on a quarterback sweep play,” Hulbert head coach Gary Riley said. “He just planted and hyper-extended his knee.”

But Hulbert received a promising prognosis.

“It’s a lot better off than what we first through,” said Riley, who added that Thompson would see action when Hulbert opens its 2013 campaign at Yale tonight.

Thompson ended up suffered what Riley described as a “strained ACL.” Thompson will be under center for Hulbert, but not on every snap, Riley said.

“Right now, he’s OK,” Riley said. “We have a brace on it, but we just want to limit his production.”

To spell Thompson at times will be Johnathan Hamby. And ironically, it was Thompson that filled in at times last season at quarterback when Chris Vance missed time due to a sprained ankle.

For Hulbert, it’ll be the first of four road games to begin the season. The Riders will play at Warner, Kiefer and Colcord before their home opener on Oct. 4 against Wyandotte.

“We’re just excited to go play,” Riley said. “Hopefully it turns out well for us.”

Cougars catch a break for opener

When Keys takes the field at Cougar Stadium tonight, Daniel Moniz will merely be a spectator for Claremore-Sequoyah. Advantage, Cougars.

In 2012, Moniz propelled Claremore-Sequoyah to a 31-10 victory over Keys in Week 1. This season, Moniz will watching as he continues to nurse a knee injury that he suffered during spring practice.

“They’re going to give up a little bit since he’s not playing,” Keys coach Gary Willis said.

Regardless of who plays quarterback for Claremore-Sequoyah, Willis said Keys is approaching the non-district game as a chance to get ready for District 3A-7 play, which begins in Week 4.

“We’re just worried about us right now,” Willis said. “With how young we are, we have to worry about ourselves and try to make that the focus.”

The Cougars and Eagles will kick off at 7.

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