The one stumbling block that Clarksville Academy had to stay away from this season was injuries. Although it’s an all-too common occurrence in sports, a small private school team that lacks depth, senior leadership and a large roster, can’t afford a single player missing significant time.
But that’s exactly what Clarksville Academy has been dealing with the past few weeks. The loss of running back Jaleel Stubbs and Josh Anderson has severely hampered coach Todd Hood’s offense and defense.
With only about 28 players on the roster, most of his starters play both ways, so a hit in the offensive backfield is a hit in the defensive secondary as well.
Starting safety Ivan Purcell is out for four weeks after injuring his hamstring last week while Stubbs (broken leg) is gone for the season. Anderson hasn’t been cleared to play after his injury three weeks ago.
However, the Cougars have been able to stay afloat for the most part as Michael Conn has stepped up huge, producing two 100-yard rushing games in the last three weeks. Now the Academy hits the road to face Harpeth at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Clarksville Academy is 4-1 and 2-0 in District 10-A, having won three straight. However, a huge test comes Friday as Harpeth comes into this game undefeated (4-0) and could be ranked next week if it can win Friday.
One downside of the Cougars’ injuries is that quarterback Jacob Rugen has become almost the sole focus of the opposing defense.