Less than a week after McNairy Central’s football team lost its best defensive player with a broken leg, the Bobcats’ best offensive player received news he and the rest of the team hoped not to get Monday afternoon.
“Kintevius is out,” said McNairy head coach Chad Hodge.
Kintevius Newsome is the running back who came on at the end of the season to have a solid year in 2014 for the Bobcats. He was a solid back whose running ability gave the Bobcats a chance to win some big games late in the year and actually kept them in the District 14-AA championship race until Week 10.
His final year playing at McNairy came to an end before it began after taking a hit to the knee in a scrimmage less than two weeks ago at Trenton Peabody. Newsome had an MRI done Monday that revealed the season-ending news.
“He tore the ACL, MCL and LCL,” Hodge said. “When it first happened we hoped it would be maybe just a severe MCL sprain and we’d get him back about halfway through the season just in time for Milan or something like that, but that won’t happen apparently.”
Hodge said the injury happened to another kid who loves the game of football.
“Just like [McNairy defensive lineman Jeremy Harris] last week, this is one that you just don’t understand,” Hodge said. “Tae Tae is a great kid who you never have to worry about making wrong choices and always puts God first, and something like this happens to him.
“Unfortunately it’s a part of the game, but both of these guys are the type of kid you really hate to see that happen to.”
If there’s any silver lining, Hodge said if Newsome has the surgery to repair the ligaments quickly, that could get him back on the field in time to be picked up by a smaller college next year like a junior college in Mississippi or a smaller team in the NCAA or NAIA.
“Ligament tears typically take about six to eight months to recover from, which would be sometime between February and April or May,” Hodge said. “With his ability and the type of athlete Tae Tae is, I think that is doable, and if it happens, I think it would prove to a school somewhere he’s the kind of athlete they want on their team.”
As far as the Bobcats go in 2015, the defensive line is still reeling from the loss of Harris during a scrimmage at McKenzie last week. But Hodge said both sides of the ball will simply have to fill in the gaps left by the injuries.
“We’re going to be younger on both sides of the ball now,” Hodge said. “It looked like we’d have a little more experience this year coming in, but that’s not the case as much anymore.
“We need some younger guys to step up in a big way, and the sooner the better.”
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