A part of the game that the top-ranked Louisville (Ky.) Trinity Shamrocks have been able to avoid all season may have caught the team at the wrong time: injuries.
Standout receiver James Quick was helped off of the field at the end of the Shamrocks' 42-6 win over rival Louisville (Ky.) St. Xavier on Friday night at Papa John Cardinals Stadium.
Immediately following the game, Trinity coach Bob Beatty told Jason Frakes of the Courier-Journal that he did not know the extent of the injury.
Many expected the worst, a torn ACL, and the loss of the remainder of the football season as well as basketball and track for the uber-talented Quick, but a source close to the program told RivalsHigh that the injury may not be as bad as first thought.
"He should be good to go," the source, speaking on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to reveal medical information, said.
An MRI will be scheduled for Monday but optimism has replaced the initial immediate concern. The hope is that it only will be a mild sprain.
Trinity is challenging for a national title and is currently the No. 1 team in the RivalsHigh 100 and three other national rankings. It entered play this week No. 2 in the compilation poll of all high school teams.
The other teams that share the Top 5 spots have all battled injuries that had seemed to avoid the Shamrocks:
No. 2 Seffner (Fla.) Armwood played several games without Florida-bound running back Matt Jones, who missed games with a knee strain early in the year, as well as junior quarterback Daryl Richardson, who had an injury with his shoulder.
No. 3 Gaffney (S.C.) High will finish its season without its playmaking sophomore receiver Shaquille Davidson, who tore his ACL in a win two weeks ago.
No. 4 Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco has not had any as devastating but it played several games without its leading receiver Leonte Carroo, who was slow to recover from a hamstring and other lingering leg injuries.
No. 5 Katy (Texas) High has played all season without star running back Adam Taylor who injured his knee in the season-opening win over Galena Park (Texas) North Shore.
The true mettle of all those teams has been proven over time, but each still has multiple weeks to go to finish off special seasons.
Trinity will play Louisville (Ky.) Butler in the Class 6A semifinals next Friday. It should know soon whether its leading receiver will be cleared to play.