The Henry County football team has caught the injury bug lately, but will have to play through it against Spencer County this Friday.
If Henry defeats Spencer and North Oldham defeats Western Hills, then Henry, Spencer and Western Hills will be in a three-way tie for the all-important No. 2 seed, which means home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Based on the tie-breaker, which comes down to the non-district opponents’ wins, the Cats would most likely come out on top.
“It’s a pretty darn important game when it comes to district playoff time,” Engstrand said. “We need this win to have the opportunity to get in the driver’s seat.”
Recently, the Wildcats have had numerous injuries, which has sidelined some key players and left others trying to play through setbacks. Erick Butler is out for the season with a fractured vertebra; senior Matt Butts is also out for the season with his second ACL tear; junior Zach Rahm had to sit out during Friday’s win at Carroll County with some back problems and is questionable for this Friday; senior Steven May has had some stingers in his shoulder; senior Kevin Quire has recently broke his hand but is back on the field; senior Cody Hinkel is playing through a rib injury; sophomore Darien Ingram is having knee problems; senior Matt Long is having muscular issues with his neck; and senior Jimmy Sampson is having muscular issues with his lower back.
“I think it might benefit us in the long run,” Engstrand said. “It will definitely help some of our younger guys. It doesn’t change the way we approach games. We have some tough, young kids that will get the job done.”
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