Posted: 6:23 am Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Pahokee injuries: Chris Dunkley out, Fred Pickett to play vs. Chaminade 

By Jason Lieser

Updated, Nov. 20, 12:28 p.m.
Last year’s Muck Bowl cost Glades Central its starting quarterback. The 2009 edition appears to have snared two of Pahokee’s top playmakers.

Wide receiver Chris Dunkley (hamstring) and running back Fred Pickett (head and possibly chest) were both injured in the second quarter of Saturday’s game. Dunkley has been ruled out for Friday’s first-round playoff game at Hollywood-Chaminade. Thompson said Friday Pickett will be able to play.

Dunkley

Dunkley

Pickett

Pickett

Dunkley initially injured his hamstring vs. Fort Lauderdale-University and has not practiced since Nov. 5.

He reinjured it in the second quarter against Glades Central. Dunkley tried to return in the fourth quarter but was limping and clearly not up to normal capacity.

Dunkley said early in the week there was an 80 percent chance he would not play and said he expects to undergo two weeks of therapy. At this point, he already sounds questionable for the second round of the playoffs.

As of now, the hamstring is not torn. If he tears it, the recovery process could take months, which would rule him out for the rest of the post-season and jeopardize his ability to partake in the spring session at college. Dunkley is uncommitted, but does plan to graduate early in order to take advantage of spring practices.

Less information is available about Pickett, who was taken to a nearby hospital and concerns that he suffered a head injury Saturday. Thompson said Monday it is not a concussion. If Pickett plays, which Thompson expects, it is unknown if he will be limited by the injuries..

Both players transferred to Pahokee prior to this season and have been instrumental in the Blue Devils’ success. Pickett topped 1,000 yards rushing and Dunkley had 34 catches for 721 yards and 4 TDs.

If Pickett can’t go, the Blue Devils have a solid replacement in cornerback Merrill Noel, who would obviously have to play both ways.

If Dunkley is out, the chain reaction could get interesting. That increases the chances of back-up Emanuel Perez seeing time at quarterback and possibly even starting. Starting quarterback De’Joshua Johnson would then move to wide receiver.