Not even the giant bones of Graham-Kapowsin’s Foster Sarell could block all the damage.
Sarell, one of the most coveted 2017 football recruits in the nation for his blocking abilities, could miss the rest of the season because of a dislocated ulna bone in his right arm that he suffered in fourth-ranked G-K’s 35-14 victory over Kentlake on Friday.
The 6-foot-7, 320-pound lineman played every one of the Eagles’ offensive snaps as a freshman and again last year as a sophomore. He was named a 2014 sophomore All-American by MaxPreps and is listed as the eight-best overall recruit in the 2017 class by Scout.com and the No. 2 offensive tackle.
“I’ve never really had anything like this, I’ve been blessed with pretty full health,” Sarell said. “I’ll be really disappointed and depressed about this, but also I got to still be a leader for my team, help kids with assignments and not be all about myself and selfish about this.”
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He said it occurred in the second series of the game last Friday when his hand got sandwiched between two bodies and another player hit the side of it. He immediately came off the field and his parents took him to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma.
Graham-Kapowsin coach Eric Kurle said that the emergency room doctor told them Sarell’s large, dense bones prevented the ulna bone from breaking, but they weren’t enough to keep it from rolling over to the other side of his arm.
Sarell said he hopes he could return in 4-6 weeks with a taped half-cast, but he’ll know more following his next appointment early next week. The emergency room doctor initially told him he’d miss the next three months.
“It was a freak injury,” Kurle said. “But we hope he can maybe get back out there by playoff time. We just got to see what the doctors say.”
In the meantime, Kurle said junior Matt Shook will move from left guard to Sarell’s spot at left tackle.
Graham-Kapowsin next hosts Thomas Jefferson at 7 p.m. Thursday at Art Crate Field.