By James Integlia
Curtis Sutherland is one of Branford High’s best football players, but you may not see him suiting up on Friday nights.
That’s because in the season opener against Trumbull in September, Sutherland, an all-SCC defensive back last year, suffered a tib-fib fracture in his right leg. “It hurt, said Sutherland “but I was more upset that my season was over.”
Sutherland adds that it is strange having to watch and not being able to play. “I wish I could be out there but I still go out every day and show my support”
And Sutherland certainly has his teammates there to support him “Curtis’ injury has impacted the team greatly and his presence on the field is certainly missed”, says DJ Ryan, the team’s starting quarterback and captain, “we could always count on Curtis to make the big plays that would help us win games, it’s more unfortunate that I can no longer play alongside someone I’ve been with since youth football that gave 110% in everything he did.”
Since his injury the Hornets have gone 4-2 with victories against Sheehan, Lyman Hall, and Jonathan Law. They travel to Guilford this week in a game that will MyTv9.
Aside from school and practice every day, he also attends physical therapy to rehabilitate his broken leg and is doing work for the winter sports season “I need to get ready for basketball season, I want to get into the gym and get running again” said Sutherland, who holds out hope he can suit up for football again, “there’s a chance I could play again if we make it to the playoffs and I hope we can make it there.”