Zach Avery expected to start at quarterback for Shawnee on Friday against Springfield.
SPRINGFIELD — Injuries keep coming for Shawnee. The Braves have been plagued by injuries and will be without several starters on Friday night against Springfield.
Sophomore quarterback Will Finch has a minor knee injury and is questionable for Friday’s game. Finch started his first career game last week against Butler in place of senior Alec Bennett, who is recovering from a broken collarbone.
Zach Avery, normally a running back, is expected to start at quarterback against Springfield. Shawnee assistant coach Shawn Jarzab said Finch may be healthy enough to play on Friday, but the team is preparing to play without him.
“Finch’s status is kind of unknown for Friday night,” Jarzab said on Monday’s Clark County Coaches Show. “But we’re planning on… starting Zach Avery at quarterback. He’s obviously an athlete and can do it, but you’re taking away your best running back and putting him at quarterback.”
Avery, a senior, has been battling a nagging ankle injury since last season and has been limited in practice. He had 204 all-purpose yards and scored three touchdowns against Butler.
Shawnee will also be without starting linebacker Tyler Tucker against Springfield. Jarzab said Tucker underwent surgery earlier this week to repair a foot injury.
Defensive back Josh Nelson and receiver Matt Jarzab (Coach Jarzab’s son) are also injured and will not play against Springfield. Jarzab said both will return in the coming weeks.
“Right now, we feel like a sports version of MASH,” Jarzab said. “We keep wondering who’ll be next.”
Indian Lake, Kenton Ridge meet in early showdown
Kenton Ridge and Indian Lake play on Friday in a battle between two of the CBC’s best offenses. Indian Lake beat Triad 41-0 to open the season and amassed 472 yards on offense, while Kenton Ridge beat Northwestern 40-0 and had 352 yards on offense.
Both teams were balanced on offense. The Lakers had three passing and two rushing touchdowns; the Cougars had three passing and three rushing.
Kenton Ridge will try to avoid the upset at home. The Cougars have started 5-0 each of the last two seasons and haven’t lost to Indian Lake since 2006.
- Tippecanoe held Graham to three total yards on offense last Friday. The Falcons had 34 passing yards but finished with -31 rushing yards. Tippecanoe had 502 total yards on offense.