The Concord Football team looks to book its ticket to the State Finals Friday night when they go on the road to Westfield.
The road to this point for the Minutemen is an incredible one, considering the injuries their top two players have faced.
From their play on the field, you would never know that Concord quarterback Trevor Wilmore and wide receiver Adam Glanders are each battling significant injuries. Last Friday, the duo connected for three touchdowns.
Wilmore has a torn PCL in his knee, that's an injury that does not require surgery but does bring instability when trying to be mobile.
“It's a lot in the head,” says QB Trevor Wilmore. “It's mental. One of things playing with an injury like this, you just have to play through it.”
Glanders is more serious. He has a torn labrum in his hip that will require surgery after the season that will cause him to miss his senior season of basketball.
“A lot of it is the adrenaline,” explains Adam Glanders. “When I'm in the air catching a ball I don't really think about it. After the play, I can feel it, but I don't let it bother me.”
Coach Tim Dawson is the man responsible for keeping each senior from doing too much. During practice, you'll often see Wilmore and Glanders on the sideline not participating.
“We just have them do what is necessary and even that is difficult because they want to be in there,” says Coach Tim Dawson. “You'd rather have to pull kids back than have to prod them and not certainly those two--they are always chopping at the bit to try and do what they can for their team.”
“I'm trying to get in the running mood and run the ball more,” says Wilmore. “They are keeping me on a tight leash and it’s hard. I just want to get back out there and run the ball again and move around in the pocket. I have to realize I can't push it too much because Friday comes I don't want to be sore.”
And these guys aren't complaining.
“You are always going to have pain in whatever you do,” says Glanders. “Knowing we are this much closer to what we want. It is all worth it in the end.”
“There's been some stability issues, there's been some pain here and there but I know how much we have going for us as a team and I want to be a part of it,” says Wilmore.
It's the Concord way.
The Concord and Westfield game kickoffs at 7:30 Friday night at Westfield.