The Upland High School football team had several key injuries in Friday night’s 43-14 loss to national power Mater Dei.
The good news most of the injured parties are expected back by the time the Highlanders start Baseline League play in two weeks against Etiwanda.
The worst of the injuries was sustained by senior Cole McCarty, who plays on both sides of the ball as well as on special teams. He sustained an ankle injury and head coach Tim Salter feared on Friday night it was broken. Fortunately it’s only a severe sprain.
“The swelling went up so quickly that’s why we really thought it was worse,” Salter said. “Sprains aren’t good either but it could have been worse.”
Senior running back Darreyon Jones complained of headaches so he was held out the second half and got just four carries the entire game.
Jnior wide receiver Gary Theard fell awkwardly after making a sensational catch in the first half and he didn’t return.
Senior defensive lineman Kelon Ferdinand and senior defensive back Andrew Davis also sustained ankle injuries.
Salter said McCarty, Jones and Theard will be held out of Friday’s home non-league game against George Washington Prep of Los Angeles (2-2) while the other three will be game-time decisions.
“The bye definitely comes at a good time,” Salter said. “It gives us two weeks to rehab guys and we’ll see how far they come.”