Young said starting quarterback Earl Cobb ruptured his kidney against Evans and is probably going to miss the rest of the season. Two linemen are also sidelined with injuries.
The setback to Cobb has prompted Young to modify the offense. With Cobb more of a dual-threat quarterback, the Spartans have had to make adjustments with Santo Nina taking over under center.
Elsewhere, running back Germaine Tait is hobbled with an ankle injury, but Marquette Henderson has done well. Against Josey, Henderson rushed for
With his young team dealing with injuries, Young is trying to keep the players optimistic, not just for this year but for the next as he expects inexperienced players to improve.
“It’s tough,” Young said. “We have to keep them motivated.”
HIT OR MISS: In opening 2-2, Cross Creek has seen two different sides of offensive performance.
In the two wins, the Razorbacks scored a total of 84 points. But in the two defeats, Cross Creek put up a combined 29 points.
With a victory Friday against Butler, the Razorbacks would be above .500 this late in the season for the first time since 2007.
However, much like its scoring output this year, Cross Creek’s series history with Butler has been inconsistent in regards to performance.
At 5-6 all-time against the Bulldogs, the Razorbacks scored at least 34 points in four of their wins. But in the six losses, Cross Creek was held without a point four times.
STILL SEARCHING: Off to its worst start since 1997, Hephzibah is hoping to get win No. 1 this season.
The Rebels are 0-4 and visit Washington County on Friday.
Two of Hephzibah’s losses have been by a single possession, and the Rebels’ next three foes – Washington County, Burke County and Butler – are a combined 9-3. Out of those three, Hephzibah beat only Butler as it broke a four-game losing streak.