By BEN JOHNSON
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.
Indians ready to play someone — anyone
The last time Sequoyah took on an actual opponent was November of 2012. There were no team camps during the summertime, and there were no preseason scrimmages to better prepare for the 2013 campaign.
That all ends tonight when Sequoyah hosts Okemah.
“There are some things that you just can’t simulate,” Sequoyah head coach Shane Richardson said. “What we’ve been waiting for for a long time is going and hitting someone else.”
The Indians, who were banned from summer activities and preseason scrimmages by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association, get to put the past behind them as the 2013 season commences.
“By not having scrimmages against other opponents,” Richardson said, “to say we’re ready to hit someone else is an understatement.”