WARSAW – Michael Jensen hopes that Friday night was not his final football game on Fisher Field.
Only time will tell.
The Warsaw quarterback, who was hurt in the final minute of a 45-38 home loss to Concord in the regular-season and Northern Lakes Conference finale, plans to try and play again in the playoffs.
Warsaw coach Phil Jensen, who is also Michael’s father, confirmed Saturday afternoon that his senior signal caller will try and suit up on Oct. 28 when the Tigers play host to Carroll in a Class 6-A first-round sectional game.
“Michael is day-to-day right now,” said the elder Jensen. “He plans to rehab and have the therapy and we will see.”
The younger Jensen suffered an injury to a ligament in his elbow on his left (non-throwing) arm with just 48.7 seconds to play Friday night. He had his elbow examined Saturday by team doctor Dr. Tom Krizmanich.
“The good thing is that we do not play for two weeks so we have some time,” said coach Jensen. “Knowing Michael he will play if there is any way that he can. We just need to wait and see and have a B plan just in case.”
Jensen was hurt as he was hit while scrambling on a fourth down play with his team trailing 45-38. He tried to throw a desperation pass on the play, which was intercepted, and then did not get up off the Fisher Field turf after taking a tough hit on the play. He was seated on the Warsaw bench at game’s end with his left arm at his side.
Jensen was brilliant through most of Friday’s game before throwing a pair of interceptions in the final 1:30 of the contest. He went 12-22 passing for 257 yards and four touchdown passes, covering 55, 42, 35 and 49 yards. He also ran for another touchdown in the offensive shootout with the Minutemen.
Jensen, in his second year as the starting quarterback, is 112-207 on the season passing for 1,695 yards with 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions. His 21 touchdown passes is a single-season school record as he surpassed the previous record of 19 set by Greg Seiss in 1999 with his performance Friday night.
Jensen, a 6-1, 190-pounder, threw for nearly 2,200 yards and 17 touchdowns last season after not playing football his sophomore year. He directed Warsaw’s spread offense, which averaged 22 points-per-game as the Tigers finished 4-6 overall and 3-4 in the NLC in 2015.
Sophomore Josh West is 1-2 passing for 11 yards for the Tigers this season.
Warsaw, which lost for the second straight time Friday night, sits at 5-4. The Tigers finished 4-3 in the NLC, good for a fourth-place finish behind champion NorthWood (7-0), Goshen (5-2) and Concord (5-2). Carroll is 6-3 on the season after beating Fort Wayne Wayne 23-6 Friday night.