Anyone who has paid attention to the area high school football statistics each week will notice two star players, St, Mary’s Hunter Bedgood and Plain Dealing’s Deaumante Johnson, who didn’t come close their normal output last week.
Unfortunately for both teams, each players will miss more time with injuries.
Johnson, Plain Dealing’s do-everything quarterback, injured the AC joint in his throwing arm against Red River. He tried to play Friday at Logansport.
“His arm is still in some pain, and he hasn’t practiced this week,” said Plain Dealing coach Coy Brotherton, who planned to evaluate Johnson’s condition Wednesday afternoon. “We’ll see what he can do, and they we will know what to expect from him on Friday.”
Brotherton said Johnson probably won’t play for four quarters, but he hopes to use him in certain offensive sets. Plain Dealing (5-1, 1-0) did beat Logansport 42-26.
Johnson, a dual-threat talent, has torn up opposing defenses all year.
“It hurts us,” Brotherton said. “We have a guy we can put in there in Logan Allen, and he did well for us last week. But we do miss Deaumante’s leadership and running ability. It changes things a lot.”
Bedgood, who is still close to the top of the area rushing list, went down on St. Mary’s first offensive play against Northwood-Lena, a four-yard run that ended with a sprained MCL.
“Hopefully he will just be out two or three weeks,” St. Mary’s coach Charlie Cryer said. “It’s definitely a setback for us.”
Cryer expects Bedgood back by St. Mary’s game against Block in Week 9. Mark Gallien stepped in for Bedgood against Northwood-Lena and finished with two rushing touchdowns, as the Tigers (5-1, 1-0) won 48-12.
“Gallien has played tailback before, but we had him at defensive end,” said Cryer, whose team will play Montgomery this week and Many in Week 8. “Missing Bedgood hurts us with leadership and continuity the way we were rolling. But we will have kids step up like they have all year.”
Rodney Guin became the coaching wins leader at Haughton with 103 career victories when the Buccaneers beat Fair Park in Week 5. Now, Guin, 52, has been fielding even more questions about how much longer he plans on coaching.
While he doesn’t know for sure, Guin assures he has three or four more years left with the Buccaneers. After that, he could retire or start over in a new location, which would be a difficult task for a true Haughton legend.
“I don’t know if I could coach anywhere else,” Guin said.
Haughton (5-1, 0-1) lost a heartbreaker at home to Byrd last week, and Guin will get a shot at win No. 104 Friday at Airline.
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