Injured quarterback retains leadership from the sidelines

   Former football starter, senior quarterback captain Terrill Simms II, is undergoing rehab for his collarbone injury following a nasty tackle against Damascus in the second quarter.

Seeing that it was their first game of the season, the players were full of adrenaline. Simms says, “I was actually trying to get back in the game with the injury because I knew my team needed me.”

After the game that night, the community radiologist doctor informed Simms of his injury and that he would not be able to play football for 4-8 weeks. “A lot of people think our season isn’t going to go as planned because I’m hurt,” says Simms, “but my boys will do whatever is necessary to get the job done, and I know my boys will go hard every single snap!”

Taking over as starting quarterback since Simms injury is senior safety Brendan LeJeune. LeJeune says, “It’s very unfortunate; he was trying to help us win and ended up getting injured. It’s my job to step up in and pick up where he left off.”

Varsity quarterback coach and junior varsity head coach Bryon Marshall has been working with Simms since the pre-season. Coach Marshall says, “It’s… football though. People get hurt, but you just don’t want to see someone get hurt, especially a guy like Terrill, who should be out there playing [and] leading his team.”

Despite Simms’ condition, the team continues to fight at every game to achieve their goal of winning a state championship. “Terrill’s injury…kind [of]  rocked the coach and team [because] one of their guys [was] down,” says coach Marshall. “Blake is Blake [and] we [are going to] do what we do. We’re going to compete every single game and put on a good show for our fans.”

LeJeune’s experience with football goes back to when he was six and is what makes him the competitive player he is. “Brendan [is] a gamer,” coach Marshall says “You put him in a game, and he’s going to do what you ask him to do. [He is] very competitive, and that’s something you want as a quarterback in high school football.”

Instead of leading his team on the field, Simms uses the respect his teammates have for him to coach them. Simms says, “I play a big leadership role in my team, and I’m also an assistant coach.”

He also uses his knowledge of the positions and plays to lead his team. “I come to every practice because I can still lead vocally and my experience can help,” Simms adds. “My relationship with my coaches are crazy but loving. My teammates are ridiculous–couldn’t ask for better ones.”