Paradise Valley starting running back Tomarcus Jordan will be held out of the Trojans’ lineup Friday against San Luis as a precaution, coach Donnie Yantis said Wednesday.
Jordan, the team’s premier back entering the season, leads the Trojans with 192 yards and one touchdown on 44 carries.
He rushed for 15 yards on seven carries last week before leaving the Trojans’ 33-14 home loss to Phoenix North with a hip flexor.
"He probably could play," Yantis said. "But in the long run for our region it’s probably better to hold him out this week."
Jordan has also seen time on defense this season, with the injury coming on a defensive play against North.
Yantis said running back Michael Williams, who ran for 56 yards on 18 carries and caught three passes for 53 yards last week, will share the backfield duties. Williams also returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown last week. Mitch Myers, Darius Blackmon, who saw time at receiver last week, and Zack Morris also will play. Morris, a linebacker, leads the Trojans with 28 tackles this season.
Fullback Braiden Siever, who was airlifted from Basha High School to an area hospital after suffering a neck injury during the Bears’ 42-21 win over Tucson Sunnyside last week, will be out two weeks, but is expected to fully recover, coach Tim McBurney said Wednesday.
Siever left the game early in the first half with what was originally thought to be a head injury. The Bears are equipped with new injury-resistant helmets this season thanks to a $12,000 donation from school namesake Eddie Basha.
CT scans showed, however, that Siever received a stinger — a bruise on the nerve — in the upper shoulder area, McBurney said.
Siever came off the field under his own power, but briefly lost consciousness on the sidelines before paramedics arrived.
McBurney was named the Arizona Cardinals high school coach of the week after his Bears came back from a 21-14 deficit to score 28 unanswered second-half points in the win over Sunnyside.
"It’s a great honor for the team," McBurney said. "It really shouldn’t be coach of the week, it should be team of the week."
McBurney also credited his assistant coaches for the adjustments they made to schemes in the second half.
"It was a big accomplishment for the school and the kids," he said of defeating a ranked opponent.
Last Friday night Dobson senior running back Marcus Richmond rushed for 278 yards in the Mustangs’ 61-27 rout of Yuma, which broke the school’s single-game rushing record. There recording it on video for the Mustangs was the man who set the record in the 1990s, Jabari Johnson. Johnson held the record of 274.
"All he could do was stand there and watch it,’’ Dobson coach Tom DeMassa said.
- Staff writer Les Willsey contributed to this report.