Football, hoops seasons over for Montrose QB Robertson
MONTROSE — The Montrose High School football team is dealing with the loss of starting quarterback Nathan Robertson, whose injury Sept. 10 ended his prep football career.
Robertson sustained a Lisfranc joint injury in his right foot during the first quarter against Glenwood Springs.
“It stinks,” Robertson said Tuesday as he watched practice.
Robertson remembers dropping back to pass and his protection breaking down, sending the three-year starter scrambling.
Robertson can’t remember at what moment the injury occurred; an unknown detail in a injury called a “freak accident” by coach Todd Casebier.
“It was a pass play where the protection got busted ... it was something Nathan has done a hundred times,” Casebier said.
Robertson left the game and sophomore Drew Casebier took over.
He returned for one play, but the injury made putting pressure on his back foot impossible.
“I remember trying to drop back and when I put pressure on it, I just went down,” Robertson said. “That’s when I walked over and told Coach that I couldn’t walk any more.”
The Lisfranc joint is between the long bones on the top of the foot and the toes. Robertson tore the Lisfranc ligament between his big toe and index toe.
Robertson is waiting to see if the injury will heal on its own or if surgery will be required.
“It puts you (as a team) in a tough spot,” Casebier said. “Not only did we just lose our quarterback, a three-year starting quarterback, a starting defensive player, our punter, our kicker (but) just an overall excellent kid.”
Drew Casebier will take over at quarterback at nearly the same point of his career Robertson did as a sophomore, when he replaced Kirk English because of an injury.
A forward who averaged nearly 20 points a game, Robertson will likely miss the basketball season. He wants to be ready to play shortstop for the baseball team. Robertson has verbally committed to play baseball at Mesa State.
“He is one of the best kids, best athletes to pass through these halls in 20 years,” assistant coach Steve Gaber said.