BUFFALO, W.Va. - More significant than a season-opening loss, injuries continued to mount for the Buffalo football team as the Bison opened its 2013 schedule Saturday in Vienna.
Buffalo lost its top offensive player in Laythen Good during the preseason with an ACL injury and suffered further losses in Saturday's 42-12 loss to Parkersburg Catholic, with multiple players leaving the game hurt.
"It's been the theme of the season so far," Buffalo Coach Mike Sawyer said of the teams' unfortunate series of ailments.
On Saturday, starting quarterback Austin Hensley left the game with a shoulder injury following the first play of the game at Parkersburg Catholic as Hensley made the tackle on the opening kickoff.
"He's our kicker. He was our safety valve and they broke the kickoff," Sawyer said. "He's the last guy. He stayed back as safety valve and he had to make the tackle."
In addition to Hensley, senior Gabe Garrison left the game by aggravating a knee injury and freshman offensive lineman Zach Boyer exited with a leg injury. Senior receiver Isaiah Robinson and junior linebacker Nick Lovejoy missed time during the game with cramps.
The injuries will continue to provide further obstacles for the Bison (0-1) as they visit Class AA 10th-ranked River View (1-0) 7:30 p.m. Friday in Bradshaw.
"I know the quarterback won't play," Sawyer said regarding his players' injury statuses. "I don't know if Gabe Garrison will play or not. I guess he's day-to-day, you could say."
With a short week and holiday weekend between contests, Sawyer said each of the injured players could miss action.
"I foresee it costing all of them some games," he said. "I don't know enough, haven't been to the doctor yet with the holiday weekend, but I can imagine it will be a while before we get some of them back. I don't totally know, to be honest."