Hawley quarterback Stokes out indefinitely
Evan Ren, By Evan RenHawley's Stokes out indefinitely Evan Ren
Sept. 7, 2017http://www.reporternews.com/story/sport ... 641655001/
For three years and 36 consecutive starts dating back to his freshman year, Hawley quarterback Quay Stokes has been a Big Country standout and the cornerstone of a burgeoning program under coach Mitch Ables.
This week, he can be spotted sitting in a golf cart with his right leg elevated, covered by a cast.
Stokes, who suffered a broken bone just above his right ankle in the first quarter of Friday night's season opener against Munday, is out indefinitely after having surgery on Sunday.
He's hoping to return for the district opener with Forsan on Oct. 13. His doctors, however, are less optimistic and as yet, have given him no time table for suiting up again.
The initial diagnosis, as one would expect, was difficult for Stokes, who was projected to lead Hawley into postseason play and repeat as an all-Big Country team member.
"(The diagnosis) took the breath out of me," said Stokes, who threw for 3,105 yards and 36 touchdowns last season. "Nobody wants to hear that they're going to miss a bunch of games in their senior year.
"So it was definitely heartbreaking when I heard the news. At this point, I'm just trying to stay positive. I'm still with the team, it's just from a different aspect. I just have to become the best leader I can."
After suffering the injury on a first-quarter play, Stokes regained his feet and went on to play through the pain for the rest of the game, leading Hawley to a 34-21 win with a broken bone no one knew about.
It was only after getting the leg X-rayed following the game that the fracture was discovered.
"He's about as tough as they come," Ables said. "If the X-ray hadn't shown a fracture and we didn't know about it, he probably would have sucked it up and tried to play (this week) until he couldn't play anymore."
In Stokes' absence, junior Dylan Frazier, a standout wide receiver, will take over behind center.
The Bearcats (1-0) will face Bangs (0-1) on Friday in Frazier's first start at quarterback.
"They're going to look at it week to week and watch how it's healing up," Ables said. "There wasn't any ligament or tendon damage so that's a plus. It was a clean break.
"I won't make any guesses. We'll just let the doctors look at it week to week and see what they say."
Stokes hasn't been given a rehab schedule yet, but is eager to jump into that process as soon as his doctors give him the go-ahead.
The 18-year-old addressed his teammates on Saturday after receiving the bad news.
"I addressed them with a heavy heart," said Stokes, who has helped Hawley to three straight playoff appearances since taking over the starting job early in his freshman season. "I told them that this isn't the time to be down and out about anything.
"If anything, this is the time we have to play better. I just let them know that I loved each and every one of them and that I'm not going anywhere. I'm going to be here every step of the way with them and do everything I can to help them."