If this were an NFL injury report, Logan McCormick would officially be listed as questionable.
Midway through the third quarter of last Saturday’s quarterfinal game at Kennedy Stadium against Montrose, Broomfield’s starting quarterback was prone on the snowy turf in a heap in excruciating pain.
On Monday, it was confirmed that McCormick suffered a sprained ankle. Broomfield coach Gary Davies indicated that McCormick didn’t undergo an MRI.
“It’s still pretty swollen,” Davies said. “And we will just have to see how it progresses.”
With McCormick’s status up in the air for Saturday’s semifinal game at Everly-Montgomery Field against Longmont, it will be 6-foot-5 junior Jack Burgesser who will get a majority of snaps this week in practice.
“We are obviously more versatile with a running guy that can throw too,” Davies said, “And what we do with Jack is obviously a little bit different with a little more vertical throwing stuff.”
But the mainstay of the Eagles offense is up front on the offensive line, one that is anchored by all-state studs Blake Whitsell and Cooper Gardner.
Broomfield is going to continue to do what it does very well and that is run the ball with Nate Knowles and Jalon Torres. Sophomore Garrett Betty took a majority of the snaps at fullback — a new look for Davies’ offense — and is another big body, at 6-foot-1, 215 pounds, that can open holes for the Eagles backs.
“Like I always say, it’s not just one or two guys, it’s the whole group,” said Davies, whose team beat Longmont earlier in the season 29-11. “I know a lot of people think we are pretty predictable, but that’s what we do and if it works, it works.”
The balance and versatility of the line play will look to give Burgesser plenty of time to throw the ball against a solid Longmont defense. With a bevy of targets, including senior Dante Panicucci — who made the game-winning catch against Montrose — and a healthy Nate Lehnerz in addition to a little bit warmer weather scheduled for Saturday, Burgesser has things working in his favor if and when he is called upon again.
“We’ll be ready to go,” Davies said.
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