Injuries dictating Seymour lineup early
BY Marcus Fitzsimmons | (email@example.com)
SEYMOUR — It’s become almost second nature for Seymour to be waiting for the medical report to see who will and will not play. After a freak play sidelined second-year starting quarterback Nick Sexton last week in a loss to Clinton there’s more than the usual anticipation about who can play Friday when the Eagles return to Newport and an IMAC opener with Cocke County.
Brandon Quinn came in after Sexton went down on his first real play of the game with a foot injury.
“It was just a sprint out. The linebacker went to sweep the ball with his hands. It was a great play for them, just a freak thing, same foot Nick had the high ankle sprain on. There was no breaks or fractures. We just don’t know how long it will be, he could be back Friday, could be next week could be three weeks from now,” Seymour coach Jim Moore told The Daily Times.
Quinn went on to throw for 170 yards going 14-of-22 but the Eagles struggled to find the end zone in the 27-7 loss.
“He’s a senior and started some JV games for us but that was as much varsity time he’s had at one time. He did a pretty good job for getting that sudden call, completed about 65 percent for 170 yards,” Moore said. “It can be a little overwhelming that first time you go out there. If he has to go again Friday he’ll be even better.”
Seymour (0-1) is making back-to-back trips to Newport after taking a 40-6 win at Cocke County last season due to the redraw of the District 2-AAA schedule following TSSAA realignment. Last season the Fighting Cocks put together a pair of length of the field drives early only to have the SHS defense win inside the 10.
“They drove all the way down and we stopped them inside three and kind of took control from there,” Moore said of the defensive spark for the offense. “That first quarter we were starting to wonder if anyone was going to stop anyone.”
While the injuries are mounting earlier this season for Seymour at key positions, it's a situation the Eagles have plenty of experience with after last season and Moore is confident in the approach.
“We’ve got Brandon and Luke, Nick goes Friday afternoon to see what they say about him. Possibility Clayton may be available. We’re just not sure, it’s day to day on them,” Moore said. “We’ll play with what we got and go with it.
“You don’t get to go out and recruit nationwide in high school. You take who comes out and you’re glad you have them and you’re proud of the ones who stay because a lot of kids aren’t dedicated or tough enough, to put it bluntly. The ones we have out here are working and playing hard. We just have to keep working and stay positive.”
CAREACTER STAR ATHLETES: This week’s Careacter Star athletes named by the program were Alcoa’s Blake Holder, Heritage’s Ben Sternburg, Maryville Marcus Brooks and William Blount’s Derek Delaney.