By Michael Hicks
JOHNSTOWN — Senior running back Greg Glasser, who had rushed for 323 yards in Berthoud High’s first four games this season, broke his left fibula during a fourth-quarter run in Friday night’s 26-22 win at Roosevelt.
Glasser broke free for a 31-yard scamper late in the fourth quarter to the Roosevelt 5 when he was grabbed from behind over his right shoulder and pulled down. Glasser said he tried to get up but when he planted his foot his toes turned inward and his ankle rolled out. Initial thought was that he had injured his shin. He said that pain shot up toward his knee.
Glasser was fitted with a soft cast and carted off the field. He went home and tried to walk off the pain, but after about three hours his parents transported him to Longmont United Hospital where he was diagnosed with the fracture. Glasser, whose expected recovery time is six to eight weeks, will miss the remainder of the regular season.
“It’s a bummer. I’m pretty confident in my team that they’ll go far and maybe by the time the playoffs roll around I’ll be able to get back,” said Glasser, who rushed for 47 yards Friday night and caught a team-high four passes.
Three plays after Glasser was injured, senior tight end Pat Conrey caught a 2-yard TD reception — his second score of the game — for the eventual game-winning touchdown.
“That’s second touchdown catch was for Greg. Hand’s down that that was for Greg,” Conrey said.
Glasser’s injury was felt by all members of the team, said head coach Dan McGinn.
“Your heart breaks when you see a guy like Greg go down. He works so hard and lives for the team,” McGinn said.
Glasser was a member of Berthoud’s 4×100 relay team, along with Bryce Munoz, Tye Duncan and Greg Mulder, that won a state championship last May at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood. It was the first state track and field championship for the Spartans since Amy Doane won the girls 300 hurdles in 1994. He expects to make a full recovery in time for the spring track season.
“I don’t expect it to have anything to do with track (season),” said Glasser, who should have his cast off by the end of November.
<p>Berthoud senior running back Greg Glasser</p>
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