The Ankeny Centennial football team will be without its leading receiver for at least the next two weeks.
Senior Andrew Klinker suffered a shoulder injury during the third quarter of the Jaguars’ 28-3 loss to Valley on Friday. He was injured while diving in an effort to catch a pass from quarterback Isaiah Kramme.
“I came down on my shoulder and their corner(back) landed right on top of me, and I heard something pop in my shoulder,” Klinker said. “I pretty much knew right away I was hurt. The rest of the night I pretty much couldn’t move my arm.”
Klinker tore the ligaments in his left shoulder joint. He will not play in Centennial’s regular-season finale on Friday at Council Bluffs Lincoln and will likely miss the Jaguars’ Class 4-A playoff opener on Oct. 29 as well.
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“The doctor said it usually takes four to six weeks to come back, but since it’s my senior season I want to see if I can get in another game at least,” Klinker said. ” It just depends on how much pain I can deal with.”
Klinker has played a key role for the Jaguars (6-2), catching 19 passes for 327 yards and four touchdowns. He also serves as the holder for place-kicker Heath Naylor.
Klinker is hoping to return for a second-round playoff game on Nov. 3 if Centennial wins its opening game. He may have to undergo surgery after the season.
“The doctor said that playing isn’t going to injure it any further,” Klinker said. “There’s a big bump in my shoulder where the collar bone is sticking out, and that’s the only thing that the surgery would fix.”