Cougars deal with injury bug on O-line

Cedar Creek heads into Thursday night’s opener with some injury concerns on the O-Line.
(Photo by Tim Smith)

by Malcolm Butler

The season hasn’t even started and Cedar Creek is already razor thin on its offensive line.

Head coach Matt Middleton said Tuesday that offensive lineman Jordan Vail had a fractured ankle and was having surgery to put a plate in it. Most likely, Vail is done for the season before game number one of the regular season.

Vail suffered the injury on the final play of Saturday’s jamboree contest against Evangel Christian Academy.

And he isn’t the only Creek O-lineman who suffered an injury on Saturday.

Jake Smith, a staple on both the Cougars offensive and defensive lines, also went down with about three minutes remaining in the game. Smith was diagnosed with a high ankle sprain and is questionable for Thursday’s opener at Glenbrook.

“Jake has been told he can do what he can do as far as tolerating the pain,” said Middleton. “He is a tough kid. He wants to play Thursday. We are playing it by ear to see where he is at. High ankle sprains a tough one to bounce back from quickly. Don’t want to rule him out yet.”

Middleton said if Smith is unable to play Thursday, Conner Rolen will start at guard. 

“It’s a little scary when we are having to maneuver people around to fill them in and we haven’t even started week one yet,” said Middleton.  “It’s the tough part about Class A football. You have so many kids playing both ways. Honestly we probably have too many doing that right now.”

Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. on Thursday night at Glenbrook.

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