Tigers lose QB to injury

Grand Junction High School quarterback Sean Rubalcaba sports a new cast on his lower leg as he chats with friends at the Mesa State College football game Saturday.

The thing high school coaches want most out of scrimmages and nonconference play is to stay healthy.

Grand Junction coach Robbie Owens didn’t get his wish.

Sophomore quarterback Sean Rubalcaba broke his left fibula Saturday and will be out 6-8 weeks.

During a scrimmage Saturday at Hotchkiss High School, Rubalcaba was rolling out on a passing play against Delta High School when he was struck in the leg with a helmet as he released the pass. He said there wasn’t much pain from the hit, and had his leg placed in a cast and was on crutches by Saturday evening.

Rubalcaba said he was told by doctors the break was clean and there was no ligament damage.

“They said if you’re going to break it, that’s the best place to do it,” Rubalcaba said. “It will all depend on how my rehab goes for how quick I can return.”

Rubalcaba said the thing he’s most concerned about isn’t his ailing leg, but what the Tigers’ situation is now at quarterback.

“I’m worried about the QB situation,” Rubalcaba said as he leaned on his crutches as he watched the Mesa State football game Saturday night at Stocker Stadium. “I’m going to have to be the spiritual leader now.”

Charlie Willett will most likely take his place as the starting quarterback.

Rubalcaba, who had shoulder surgery after last season, said he’ll begin helping Willett prepare to for his new role this week in practice. The Tigers’ season opener is Saturday at Arvada West.


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