Talawanda High School’s football team will play the rest of the 2018 season without junior quarterback Adam Crank.
Braves coach J.D. Vonderheide confirmed Thursday that the highly regarded Crank suffered a torn labrum during a Week 1 victory at Preble Shawnee and will undergo season-ending surgery next Friday.
“I will say this about Adam Crank: He was looking for any way he could to play,” Vonderheide said. “He’s a tough kid and a competitor, and he’s a little bit of a wreck emotionally right now. But assuming surgery and everything goes well, he will be back and ready for 2019.
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“It’s bad news, but at least now we know the news and can wrap our heads around it and start preparing to move forward with Tyler Teeters as our quarterback. We will rally behind Tyler. I’m still very confident that our goals and aspirations in 2018 do not change with him as our quarterback.”
Talawanda is 1-1, having beaten Shawnee 34-12 and losing to Badin 38-7. The Braves will host Eaton on Friday night, and the 0-2 Eagles have been outscored 102-7 in their first two games against Greenville and St. Henry.
Crank was 9-of-15 for 81 yards and two interceptions against Shawnee, and he ran 20 times for 139 yards and two touchdowns. Vonderheide noted that his right (throwing) shoulder got dislocated on a tackle, but it was popped back into place and he finished the game.
Teeters, a 5-foot-10, 165-pound sophomore, saw some action in that contest and went the distance at quarterback against Badin. He was 13-of-25 for 154 yards and a TD with three interceptions.
“Tyler’s been playing some safety for us. He would also jump in at wide receiver or running back … he’s kind of a jack of all trades,” Vonderheide said. “He’s a very committed kid. He didn’t miss a workout all summer and had a lot of success at the JV level last year as a freshman.”
What: Eaton (0-2) at Talawanda (1-1), 7 p.m.
Where: Talawanda Field, 5301 University Park Blvd., Oxford
Series: Eaton leads 19-7 and has won the last three meetings, including 22-7 last year