Erie’s star running back Noah Roper will miss the rest of the postseason after suffering a leg injury in the Tigers’ 34-0 win over Green Mountain in the 3A quarterfinals on Friday night.
The No. 3 Tigers will travel to Dutch Clark Stadium to face No. 2 Pueblo East on Saturday without their senior back, who was injured in the third quarter Friday night as he shoveled through tacklers for more yards before his leg appeared to get rolled on.
Things didn’t look promising for his return as he left on the back of a cart and returned to the sideline on crutches and in an air cast that night. And Erie coach Chad Cooper confirmed what was feared to his team at Monday morning’s practice.
“He’ll be out for the rest of the season,” said Cooper, who did not go into the specifics of the injury.
“You never replace a Noah Roper. Obviously, his statistics and what he’s done for us the past two years has been incredible. But I think everyone is in that mindset that, ‘if I just do a little bit more and do my job, we can still have success and win on Saturday’.”