Injuries add insult to Lower Lake’s lopsided defeat

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Late Friday night, while Kelseyville coach Rob Ishihara was reliving his team’s 60-18 victory over Lower Lake, rival coach Stan Weiper was walking the halls of Sutter Lakeside Hospital.

Weiper was pacing like he was on the sidelines as he walked from room-to-room checking on his four players being treated at the Lakeport hospital. Three were brought in with concussions received during the game and the other had a dislocated ankle.

“I was at the hospital until 3 a.m.,” Weiper said. “I was as busy as the nurses and doctors looking after the kids.”

The three players showing symptoms of concussion – E.J. Germany, Antonio Hines and Justin Sims – were released from the hospital Saturday morning. All three were diagnosed with mild concussions and were instructed to visit their doctors on Monday. Weiper said they will not be allowed to resume practice until their physicians clear them to play. X-rays confirmed Aaron James dislocated his ankle and will need surgery.

The four injuries and the lopsided loss to Kelseyville ended a trying week for Weiper and the Lower Lake program. Two players, including star running back Roy Percoats, were ruled academically ineligible mid-week. Kamari Onwausoeze was the other player that lost his eligibility.

Despite all the problems, Lower Lake was in the game, 25-12, early in the third quarter. However, driving for a touchdown at the Kelseyville one-yard line, the Trojans lost a fumble in the end zone for a touchback. The Knights then proceeded to score two touchdowns in less than four minutes to put the game out of reach. Quarterback Chris Aguon scrambled for a 30-yard score and with 3:47 left in the quarter, Michael Allen bulled his way in from the one.

It was Kelseyville’s sixth straight win after an opening season loss to Hamilton. The victory set the stage for next Friday’s North Central I North game of the year. Kelseyville will invade Middletown for that one. Both teams are unbeaten in league.

Lower Lake is 0-2 in league and 4-3 overall. The Trojans will try to regroup on Friday at Willits.