PHS football: Caleb Jensen

Philomath quarterback Caleb Jensen attempts a pass Thursday against Sweet Home. Jensen was thrown into action when starter Mike Lundy left with an injury in the second quarter.

Hey Warriors fans, today is Friday, Oct. 11.

Philomath High’s football program suffered a tough loss Thursday night, 42-3, at Sweet Home. The Huskies were fired up for homecoming and took advantage of Warrior turnovers to build a big first-half lead.

Philomath had a particularly tough time in the second quarter when the Huskies scored 27 of their 42 points. Michael Lundy, Philomath’s junior quarterback, went down with an injury and had to leave the game.

Coach Tony Matta said Lundy may be going through concussion protocol. If that’s the case, it could mean that Lundy might miss next week’s game against Sisters.

It made me wonder: Who is the third-string quarterback who would be called upon if backup Caleb Jensen were to go down?

The answer would be Jake Williams, who is listed on the team roster as a running back and linebacker. Williams became the junior varsity team’s second-strong quarterback when freshman Josh Peters broke his leg at Siuslaw. All of a sudden, he’s just one play away from calling signals for the varsity.

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It’s just an example of the beating that Philomath’s roster had endured over the past couple of weeks.

Matta provided a nice moment for PHS senior Joel Carrera by putting him in the game with 13 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Carrera, who has been very visible with Philomath’s sports programs either as a player or manager, has to work extra hard because of developmental challenges.

Joel ran onto the field at Sweet Home and lined up at wide receiver. On the play, Roe took a handoff and picked up six yards with Carrera in the neighborhood looking for a Husky to hit.

To me, it provided a bright spot on a dark night that was not a lot of fun for Warriors fans.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you at the next game.

— Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express

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