Second-ranked Falcons facing life without Hair
WARDSVILLE --- Quarterback is the most important position in team sports.
If you have a good one, you know.
If you have a lousy one, you know even better.
The Blair Oaks Falcons (3-0) --- now up to No. 2 in the state in Class 3 --- seemed destined for big things this season, but now must deal with the loss of starting quarterback Nolan Hair for the next 6-8 weeks after he suffered a hairline fracture in his lower right leg in Friday night's 34-14 win at Versailles.
"What our kids need to concentrate on is just doing their jobs, and doing it longer, harder and better than the other guys," Falcons coach Terry Walker said. "We ask them to do that week to week, anyway, so this week is no exception."
Hair, a junior and two-year starter, was injured midway through the first quarter with the Falcons leading, 16-0. It was simply a "football play," Walker said.
"When Nolan is getting tackled, every once in a while he'll try to slip the tackle with his shoulders, so he'll turn his shoulders in order to try and throw the defender. Well, he tried to do that and in so doing, he flung the defender to the back side of his body and the weight of the defender caused his leg to collapse underneath him.
"His right foot was already planted in the ground, so the lower part of his leg had nowhere to go."
When Hair left, the spirits of the Falcons seemed to leave with him.
"If you watch the game film, I'd have to say their reaction wasn't always positive," Walker said. "The kids were certainly concerned about Nolan's injury, but injuries are a part of all sports.
"We spend a lot of time talking to the kids about dealing with adversity. Well, here's a prime example."
Hair may be able to return this season, perhaps as early as Week Two of district play --- if the Falcons make it to Week Two.
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