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HURRICANE HAS an opportune bye week to heal two of its top players.
Senior quarterback Austin Hensley suffered a separated acromioclavicular (AC) joint in his throwing shoulder Friday night in a 63-14 loss to Cabell Midland.
"He hurt his shoulder in the first quarter and didn't tell anybody," Hurricane Coach Jeremy Taylor said Sunday. "Then he got hit again in the second, and he was done."
Hensley completed 22-of-32 passes for 251 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the first half before he was replaced by junior Luke Browne. Facing a 37-14 deficit when he entered the game, Browne was 1-of-4 for 34 yards in the second half.
Taylor said that Hensley would probably miss a game if the Redskins (3-2) played this week, but that initial indications are that the senior will return for the team's Oct. 11 game at Class AAA No. 5 George Washington
Senior utility player Zach Pate sprained a medial collateral ligament two weeks ago in the first quarter of a 41-21 win over Princeton. Taylor said Pate was "about 85 percent" against the Knights. Taylor said Pate and Hensley will be held out of practice this week in order to recover from their injuries.
Hurricane led 14-13 in the first quarter before Midland went on an offensive rampage. The Knights rolled up 472 rushing yards and 655 yards of total offense.
"We couldn't stop them. Honestly, I think we over-prepared for them," Taylor said. "We're going to take some time this week to simplify some things on defense and get back to work."
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MARTINSBURG REGAINED the top spot in the Daily Mail Class AAA poll this week after knocking off Morgantown 28-21 in Martinsburg. The Mohigans (4-1) were at No. 1 for one week after Martinsburg (4-1) fell 35-34 on the road in Week 4 to Leesburg Tuscarora (Va.).
Martinsburg's win caps the challenging first half of the Bulldogs' regular season schedule. The remainder of the schedule for the three-time defending state champions includes games against their Eastern Panhandle rivals Washington (2-2), Spring Mills (0-5), Hedgesville (3-1), Jefferson (3-2) and Musselman (2-2).
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