It’s a phrase often used in football… “next man up.”
Brookstone found themselves in that situation two weeks ago with an injury to a key player, and his replacement has kept the train on the tracks.
When quarterback Russell Blanchard injured his shoulder two weeks ago, the Brookstone Cougars held their collective breaths.
“It was tough to see Russell go down,” head coach Scott Pethtel said.
Blanchard is out for a few weeks, so now it’s next man up, and that man is Frank Waldrep.
The senior wide receiver made the transition to QB after Blanchard’s injury.
“He hadn’t taken too many snaps over the summer, but I think he fits right into the position well,” teammate Wesley Tillman said.
Waldrep said playing QB is different; however, Waldrep’s no stranger to the position. He played quarterback growing up as a kid.
He’s also a regular chip off the old block. Frank’s dad played QB at Brookstone in the late 80s. Waldrep said his dad is excited to see him play.
Frank’s filling the void until Russell’s return, but until then, Blanchard’s still contributing despite the injury.
“He’s been helping me in practice and on Friday nights,” Waldrep said. “Obviously, as coach said, he feels down that he’s not playing, but also he wants a chance to help out in a way that he hadn’t before, giving other people advice, giving me advice, giving coach advice when he can.”
Blanchard will be back, but for now, it’s Frank’s turn to lead, and so far so good with two blowout wins.
“I think he stepped into the position very well. He took over the quarterback position naturally,” Tillman said.
Coach Pethtel said he only looks for better things from Waldrep moving forward.
Waldrep hopes to lead Brookstone to victory over Marion County this Friday in our Sports Overtime Game of the Week.
We’ll be live in Buena Vista with more on Friday at 5, 5:30 and 6, and don’t miss the highlights at 11 Eastern on News Leader 9.
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