It took one play when his teammates didn’t protect his back for Brody Westmoreland to realize they truly have his back.
The spine injury came on the first series of Thunderridge’s quarterfinal game against Grandview.
One of the best quarterbacks in the state was helped off the field and would not return.
“That kid is one of my best friends. I’m not done playing football with him,” said senior Sam Jones, “He went down and the offensive line got together and said all right that was our fault he got hit and we’re gonna him an opportunity to come back and we’re gonna win this game for Brody.”
And they did just that. The Grizzlies won 13-9 with Westmoreland leading the cheers on the sidelines.
“I just love each and everyone of these guys and they just got behind me and supported me so that was the least I could do for them,” said Westmoreland.
“I made sure that wasn’t Brody’s last snap,” said backup quarterback Branden Brenning. “I did everything I could, so did the team.”
The Grizzlies gave their senior quarterback a chance to play again.
“Proud of these guys for stepping up and getting my back,” said Westmoreland.
Now it’s a question of whether that back will heal enough so he can play Saturday in their semifinal against Fairview.