The Duncan Banner

November 10, 2013

Slew of injuries costs Comanche

John McKelvey
The Duncan Banner

COMANCHE — Eliminated from the playoffs last week, Comanche lost 38-28 in its final game of the season at Hinton.

Following a 46-18 win against Mangum on Oct. 4, the Indians entered into a season-dooming five-game losing streak. Lindsay, Washington, Hobart, Frederick and now Hinton all came away with wins to force a Comanche (3-7, 2-5) team, which made the playoffs last season, to finish fifth in the district.

Coach Steve Justus said a big part of that run was the amount of inexperienced players the team had to use because of injuries decimating the roster.

“At one point in time we were out there on defense, and I had four freshmen and three sophomores,” Justus said. “I heard one time where a guy said that you could count a loss for every freshman that you had to start. I don’t know if that’s true and I’ve started a few freshmen before, but never that many.”

The injury bug never hurt more than when it hit senior quarterback Hunter Rice, the team’s leading passer and rusher. He was helped off the field against Lindsay and had issues the rest of the season. Those issues flared up once again a couple of plays after his 80-yard run in the second quarter was called back on a penalty.

“You could tell he was very distraught about the fact that he wasn’t going to be out there,” Justus said.

Senior running back Clayton Fennell had also been nursing an injury all year long. He came back last week, but Justus said he didn’t seem to be himself on Friday either.

Moving up from Class 2A next season, Comanche will join Marlow in 3A.