AKRON – It promises to be an anxious couple of days for the Tippecanoe Valley football team.
The status of standout Valley quarterback Ben Shriver is up in the air. The senior suffered an injury to his left knee Friday night during the Vikings’ 22-7 home loss to Bremen.
Shriver was examined in Warsaw Saturday and is due to have an MRI on his knee Tuesday, according to Valley coach Jeff Shriver, who is also Ben’s father.
“We really don’t know right now about Ben,” said coach Shriver in a phone interview Sunday morning. “We’ll find out Tuesday. I’m very optimistic right now, but we’ll see. The initial thought is that it’s not an ACL, but we will not know until he has the MRI on Tuesday.”
Shriver, a three-year starter at quarterback, was injured after scrambling for a gain in the fourth quarter Friday night. He was tackled and then his leg was bent back in the pile.
“Ben’s a tough kid,” said coach Shriver of the 6-1, 180-pounder. He added that his son is currently on crutches and icing the knee.
Shriver led the high-octane offense of the Vikings to an 8-3 mark last fall. He opened this season by becoming the program’s all-time passing yards leader after throwing for 211 yards in a 36-29 loss at Culver Academy. Shriver threw for a school standard 1,606 yards and completed 60 percent of his passes last season as the Vikings went 6-1 in the Three Rivers Conference to claim a share of a second straight league championship.
The Vikings did get some good news on Saturday. Star receiver Tanner Andrews, who left the game Friday night with a groin injury, is going to be okay. Andrews, a 6-3, 190-pound All-Stater who is drawing Division I college interest, had 37 receptions for 734 yards his junior year.
“Tanner is going to be fine,” said coach Shriver, now in his eighth season as the head coach at Valley. “He had X-rays and is okay. I expect him to play this Friday night.”
Valley also lost offensive lineman Austin French in Friday night’s loss. The junior suffered a concussion and per IHSAA concussion rules will likely be sidelined for a week or two until he is cleared to play.
Shriver has plenty on his mind as the Vikings, who had high hopes this fall, are also off to an 0-2 start. He’s not about to throw in the towel regardless of a tough couple of weeks.
“We’re a football family and we’ll talk about that at practice Monday,” said coach Shriver. “Our team has never been about one or two players. It’s the next man up for us. There’s a lot of football left to be played this season and a lot we can accomplish as a team.”
Valley travels to Manchester this Friday to being TRC play.