It’s a thought that passes through the head of many former high school athletes at some point in their respectives lives.
“What would I give to play one more game?”
The theme of this year’s Thanksgiving games is that several seniors have been forced to make this decision earlier than most.
Newburyport captain Trevor Bradbury, arguably one of the team’s two best players, has been to the doctor three times in the past 10 days in hopes of getting cleared to play today’s game only a few weeks after suffering a separated shoulder. Triton captain Justin Spillane, arguably the team’s best player, asked his doctor if he could delay surgery on torn ligaments in his thumb in order to play one more time.
“I asked the doctor if I could have surgery after the Thanksgiving game so I could play,” Spillane said. “The doctor said no because if I played with the injury, I may never be able to move my thumb again.”
Spillane and Bradbury are just a small sample of players battling injuries as the season comes to a close. Twelve Newburyport players missed the team’s last game against Triton due to injury. Many of those players have been pushing to return for today’s game. Amesbury, Triton, Pentucket ... every team has encountered a slew of injuries.
Newburyport senior Dillon Guthro is one local player who will most certainly be playing in college. He’s being recruited by UNH and Colgate University, among other schools. Although he has not been sidelined with an injury this season, he can relate to the pressure his injured teammates feel as their final high school game approaches.
“The guys from the past play it up so much,” Guthro said. “Even if it’s not my last game, it’s our last game together. I can’t think of a better way to go out than with this group of seniors and this team.”