The DeSales High School football team will have its flexibility and depth tested after one of its most important players sustained what likely is a season-ending injury during a 35-14 loss to visiting Covington (Kentucky) Catholic on Sept. 21.
The Stallions, who are 3-2 heading into their CCL opener Friday, Sept. 28, at home against St. Charles, spent the past few days deciding who would start at quarterback after losing junior Reno Godfrey in the fourth quarter against Covington Catholic.
Godfrey completed 19 of 32 passes for 247 yards and a touchdown against the Colonels before suffering a "broken ankle, tibia, fibula (and) ligament displacement" in his right leg, according to coach Ryan Wiggins.
Godfrey was replaced by sophomore Corey Moriarty, who went 2-for-4 passing for 9 yards with one interception.
Other quarterbacks in the program include senior Vince Thompson and juniors Mason Washington and Max Giuliani, but none have seen extensive action outside of the junior varsity level.
Godfrey, who transferred from Westerville North in the offseason, has completed 65 of 102 passes for 940 yards with nine touchdowns and one interception and has rushed 37 times for 152 yards with four touchdowns.
"I honestly don't know what we're going to do yet," Wiggins said. "I'm not sure our backup is healthy, either. We may have to move a skilled guy back there."
St. Charles is 2-3 after losing to Washington Court House 29-14 on Sept. 21 and has lost the past four meetings with the Stallions.
Against the Blue Lions, Cardinals quarterback Daniel DiNapoli completed 18 of 43 passes for 164 yards but was intercepted four times. Taylor Bryant rushed for 45 yards and Andrew Williams and Roland Rowe both had six receptions.
Bryant, who also is a linebacker, and Thomas Berry, a defensive back, both had seven tackles.
"We go into league play and play St. Charles," Wiggins said. "Second half of the season is where you win your league or don't win your league, make your runs at the playoffs or don't. We're 3-2 and all of those goals are still in front of us."
DeSales outgained Covington Catholic 324-275 in total yards and had three more plays from scrimmage, but the Colonels outscored the Stallions 21-0 in the second half on their way to extending their winning streak to 21 games.
"The guys played really hard," Wiggins said. "We were involved down there in some scoring situations. We had some penalties. When you're playing good people, you need to take advantage of some of those opportunities. They're a really good team. We fought hard, competed and gave ourselves some chances, those are all positives. You never like to see kids quit, and we didn't."