Through the first two weeks, things were looking great for the Mishawaka Cavemen.
They were 2-0. They had one of the best defensive backs in the area, senior Ryan Warmoth, and a blossoming junior running back in Steve Sandefer.
But in week 3 against St. Joe, the Cavemen suffered more than just a loss.
Warmoth was sidelined due to a hip pointer.
Then last week, Sandefer went down. And this injury was much more serious. Sandefer could miss the remainder of the season with a possible ACL tear.
Without many options, Mishawaka head coach Jim Aldrich decided to stick Warmoth at running back. It paid off as the Cavemen won.
Friday night against Adams, Warmoth will play both ways.
"We were trying to keep him off that hip last week and give him some time off," Aldrich said. "He had to come in and step up and play offense for us. We let him rest on defense where he excels at but he had a tremendous game on offense."
"It's going to hurt without Steve," Warmoth says. "He's a 2-year starter and our best running back. Now I have to play both ways and just have to step it up and try and carry the load."
Warmoth, who is being recruited by Division I schools as a defensive player, isn't worrying about college right now. He just wants to do what is best for his team.
"I love defense and it's what I want to play, but Steve got hurt and I just have to step up and fill-in as Steve would and try," Warmoth explained. "I have to help out the team and not think about myself right now."
Aldrich believes Warmoth can handle the heavy workload.
"I really believe that Ryan Warmoth is one of the better athletes in Northern Indiana," Aldrich said.
Mishawaka will face Adams on Friday night.
We'll have highlights on Friday Night Football on Newscenter 16 at 11.