The injury bug can be like the flu sometimes. If you think only one person has it and it’s not that bad, it still spreads fast.
The injury bug has taken a big bite of the Terry football team heading into Saturday’s road game against Dulles at Mercer Stadium at 6 p.m.
Around four to five players are banged up, and that has head coach Cornelius Anthony concerned, but hopeful that others can step up for the Rangers.
“My starters play multiple positions, so to others, they may lose one player, but to me, it’s three,” Anthony said. “So mainly, we’re just simplifying everything to allow our players to play fast.
“It’s frustrating to not have your best players out there, but it’s next man up and I have full faith in the guys who are going to step up.”
One person who Terry needs to be healthy is quarterback Brandon Kyles, who makes the Ranger offense go. Kyles ran for 54 yards and threw for 23 yards in the 28-6 loss to Bush last Thursday.
The one positive of the Terry offense was that it did rush for 204 yards behind a quartet of running backs. Eric Andrade ran for 60 yards on eight carries, while Quincy Johnson ran for 55 yards on eight carries, including a 27-yard touchdown for Terry’s lone score of the game.
But big plays on defense put the Rangers in a hole against Bush, as the Broncos threw for 210 yards. The good news is that Terry held Bush to only 66 yards rushing.
Dulles has the same kind of players Bush has, but is more dynamic on offense instead of defense. The Vikings threw for 198 yards and ran for 133 in a 21-18 win over Willowridge last Friday night, the first for new head coach Shane Byrd.
Senior receiver Jeremiah Walker had a big game, catching nine passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns. Senior running back LeRoy Jackson ran for 97 yards and a touchdown for Dulles.
Defensively, the Vikings were led by senior safety Konnor Sheppard, who had nine tackles and an interception.
“(Dulles) is a very talented team and we have our hands full,” Anthony said. “It’s just one of those things where we have to go out there and do our best and let the chips fall where they lay.”