Monett senior Cameron Cody has a heavy workload in general, juggling football and soccer practices all fall, serving as the starting goaltender on the soccer team and kickoff specialist for the football squad. Friday, those dual commitments will come to a head in a much more pressing way.
As reported by the Monett Times, Cody plans to play in Monett’s state semifinal soccer game at 10 a.m. on Friday. That game will be played in St. Louis, where the Cubs would also play the state title game a day later if they win. Nine hours after that semifinal kickoff, Cody is expected to be back in Monett to play with the Cubs football team as it competes for a district title against Mt. Vernon in the Missouri football playoffs.
The distance between Monett and St. Louis? Approximately 250 miles, or a solid 4-5 hour drive.
“I never thought something like this would happen,” Cody told the Times. “I have to be there for the soccer team and help us try to get to the state championship, but I also need to help the football team win a district title. … Since the game is at 10 a.m., my parents and I are going to leave when it is over and should get back to Monett in time for football. We’ll then turn around and head back to St. Louis for our Saturday contest.”
If there’s any question about how important Cody is for the Monett football team, just take a peek at his kicking statistics: He’s 54-of-56 in points after touchdowns and is averaging 52.2 yards on 69 kickoff attempts, per the Times.
Of course, a loss on Friday morning would mitigate a second trip to St. Louis, though that’s the farthest thing from Cody’s mind. The senior is just happy to be competing following a junior season in which he suffered a horrific knee injury diving for a fumble in a football game; Cody’s tibial tuberosity avulsion fracture nearly required a lower leg amputation and led to five knee surgeries and months of intense rehabilitation.
“I thought playing sports was over for me,” Cody told the Times. “When I was in the hospital, I didn’t see how I would ever play again. … I’m not taking anything for granted. Last year, I felt helpless while watching my friends compete. This year, I’m going to help them win any way I can.”