Southmoore senior lineman Drew Nickell will miss the football season after suffering fractures in his left leg and ankle in Friday's scrimmage against Edmond North. The injury will require surgery.
SaberCats coach Jeff Brickman said the team would wear helmet stickers in Nickell's honor this year.
“We don't have a whole lot of guys that play both ways, but he's one of them because of the work ethic that he brings every day,” Brickman said. “He's the guy all summer that's been there, and the kids respect him so much because of what he does.”
Brickman said Nickell was as positive as possible following the news.
“He's never down,” Brickman said. “He's always an upbeat type of kid. He just said these things happen.”
RECEIVERS PLAY BIG ROLE FOR EDMOND MEMORIAL
Edmond Memorial coach Justin Merideth has managed a competition of as many as five quarterbacks for the Bulldogs' starting job this season, so with the inexperience behind center, the receiving corps will be important in easing the new QB's transition.
Fortunately, receiver will be a position of strength for the Bulldogs, led by Ashton Antwine, the Bulldogs' top big-play threat. Sam Kreutzer is experienced as well, and a few other juniors and seniors will be in the mix.
“It's all older guys who have been through things a little more,” Kreutzer said. “The whole group has handled the quarterback situation well, and we're doing our best to help those guys out.”
Kreutzer has enjoyed the energy in practice as the Bulldogs try to get back to the Class 6A playoffs.
“The older guys felt some unfinished business from last year. It wasn't the way we wanted it,” Kreutzer said. “So we were out there busting our tails, and the young guys came in with a ton of energy and saw how we were and picked it up real well.”
CARL ALBERT HAS GAPS TO FILL