Briarwood Academy backup quarterback Dalton Reese, a senior, was lost for the season Friday when he broke his leg in a 43-14 loss at Thomas Jefferson Academy.
Just two weeks earlier, Briarwood lost starting quarterback Taylor Coxwell for the season with a broken leg in a homecoming victory over Covenant Academy.
"It's been tough," said coach John Osborne, whose Buccaneers fell to 5-3 for the season, 4-1 in GISA Region 1A.
The call now goes out to junior Fifth Newton, who saw action in the Oct. 14 home victory over Curtis Baptist and again Friday after Reese's second-quarter injury. The Bucs travel to David Emanuel Academy on Friday before closing at home Nov. 4 against Memorial Day Academy. Both games are region contests.
"We ran what we call a jet play, and once we fake a jet play our quarterback was to follow up the gap behind the fullback," Osborne said. "It was open and he got some good yards and all of a sudden he got tackled, and I guess his leg got bent up."
"That was in the second quarter," Osborne said. "We were up 14 to 7 at the time.We had just gotten an interception with 3 minutes left to go in the half and we were moving it pretty steady, and if we had just held on we could have gone in at the half 14-7."
The game took another route, however, and Briarwood's scoring was over for the evening.
"The rest of the game just kind of got out of hand," Osborne said.
"He never did leave," Osborne said of Reese. "When we came in at halftime he came in at halftime. When we went back out, he went out on the field. And he said, 'Coach, tell them they can do it, they can beat this team.' "
"I hated it for him just like I hated it for Taylor," Osborne said.
"In a private school you're not just a basketball star, a baseball star, or golf, you're everything," Osborne said. "With Dalton being a senior, this is his last chance of playing football and basketball and he's going to miss part of his basketball season."
Osborne said Coxwell is recovering, but misses being able to practice and participate in the games.
"He and some friends are working out together," Osborne said. "He stays at the schoolhouse till 4:30 and then goes and shoots basketball, just what he can."
Osborne said Newton hasn't practiced at quarterback since the third game of the season, but displays the same positive attitude that Reese and Coxwell display. "He has never said 'I haven't practiced it.' He says, 'Yes sir, I'm going to quarterback," Osborne said.
The team will ask a lot of Newton this week, Osborne said. ''Now we're gonna give him some practice and let him play in a game, that should make some difference," he said.
Briarwood seized the lead at 7:04 on a 1-yard run by Reese. The kick failed. Thomas Jefferson's Chase Walden scored on a 9-yard run and Will Johnson kicked the extra point at 2:03.
Briarwood regained the lead at 8:42 of the second quarter when Michael Kent scored on a 1-yard run. Steven Parris took the pass from Reese to bring the score to 14-7. Johnson scored again on a 30-yard pass play from Walden and Michael Bridges ran for two points, to end the half at 15-14. TJ's Bridges scored on a 90-yard kickoff return to open the second half. Johnson's kick was good. Nick Whitmer ran 10 yards for another score, and Johnson's kick was good at 3:19. In the fourth quarter, Whitmer scored on a 6-yard run. Austin Russell then scored on a 2-yard run; Johnson added both extra points.
Briarwood's Kent had 23 runs for 75 yards.