Saturday, October 6, 2012

More on Ringgold's injury woes

Ringgold running back Demetrius Louis missed Friday's 34-6 win over Albert Gallatin for what Rams coach Matt Humbert told me today was a groin injury still lingering from a 34-2 win over Belle Vernon on Sept. 14.

Apparently Louis never sought treatment for the injury and tried to continue practicing and playing. But after last week's loss to West Mifflin, where Louis didn't appear to be 100 percent, it was decided that he would take some time off this week.

It shouldn't be any longer than a week, however.

"To me, right now he's a go," Humbert said of Louis' status for the Rams' Week 7 game at Elizabeth Forward. "It's nothing that would keep him out for an extended period of time. We wanted to give it a couple days and err on the side of caution."

Ringgold was actually missing three starters Friday night: Along with Louis, who also starts in the secondary, lineman Jake Foglia and running back Justin Rich sat out against Albert Gallatin. Humbert is cautiously optimistic he'll have all three back against the Warriors, who are one of the surprise teams in Class AAA.

To compensate for not having Louis, Ringgold spread the ball around quite a bit. Joey Wall scored three different ways ... in the first quarter alone, returning a fumble for a score, running for a touchdown and catching a touchdown pass from Nico Law, who had 106 passing yards and added a rushing score. Robert Chaney also ran for a touchdown.

"With three starters out on defense and not having Demetrius at tailback, we wanted to get the ball in the hands of our playmakers," Humbert said. "We were just trying to spread it around and put the kids in the best possible situations, get a lot of kids involved."

No doubt the biggest one of those is Louis, who has 53 carries for 723 yards and nine touchdowns.

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