by Dan Griswold
The North Attleboro High School football team started their season on Friday, September 11 against the Stoughton Black Knights. Though North was able to win the game 14-6, it wasn’t all good news for the Red Rocketeers.
Starting offensive and defensive lineman Andy Katch was injured during the second quarter of the game. Katch suffered a dislocated elbow after his arm got caught under the body of a Stoughton offensive lineman.
Katch is expected to miss between 3-5 weeks. When asked how he felt about missing this much time Katch said, “I was upset the first few days after it happened. When you work hard all offseason and preseason it’s tough to get hurt in the first week. After a couple days I started to get over it and started focusing on getting healthy so I can come back as soon as possible and help the team win games.”
Katch said that he can’t wait to play again, and he is doing everything he can to return to the field as soon as possible.
When asked about the injury to Katch, senior captain Nick Morrison said, “It’s tough seeing a senior go down so early. Especially after he had been working hard in the offseason and in preseason practices. He is a key player on both sides of the ball and we will miss his size until he comes back.”
Katch later added, “Since I was the biggest lineman our size upfront has decreased but one player doesn’t make the team. I believe in the rest of the guys to get the job done.”
The Rocketeers will look to continue winning games in Katch’s absence, but are definitely looking forward to his return.