Etiwanda junior quarterback Tommy McDonnell sustained a concussion late in the first half of Friday’s 22-14 loss to Summit and will have to miss this week’s game against Redlands East Valley because of concussion protocol.
The starting nod will go to Justin Hamel, also a junior.
The Eagles are not in panic mode however. McDonnell and Hamel battled for the starting spot, sharing the reps in the spring and summer. So Hamel is prepared to step in.
Etiwanda coach Kevin Davis said it is unlike last year when he lost his starter to a concussion, then had to scramble because the second option was a distant second best at that position.
“Those guys battled for that position all the way so they both came into the season prepared. It was like we had a 1A and a 1B,” he said. “We feel confident with either of them at that position.”