Salem starting quarterback Jasijah Smith has had a tough year.
The senior QB practiced yesterday for the first time, after being held out of action on Monday and Tuesday, due to an ankle sprain that caused him to miss action in last Friday night's 21-3 win over Heritage. As of now, the quarterback they call "JoJo," is penciled in as the starter, but coach Chad Estes is doubtful he'll play the entire game at Rockdale County this Friday at 7:30 p.m.
"JoJo practiced yesterday after I held him out earlier this week, but I won't say he was at full speed," Estes said. "He is improving daily, but it takes a little bit of time."
Smith, who has led his team to wins in the season-opening scrimmage and the regular-season opener, has been knocked out of both games as well. Smith was pulled out of the scrimmage against Sandy Creek on Aug. 14 after a big hit to the head, and ended up with a bloody ear.
The leader of the offense has proven, though, that he's always ready to go in the face of any adversity. His coach hopes this week will be no different.
"He'll be ready to go on Friday night, but I'm not sure if he'll be ready to play all four quarters," Estes said.
Jarrett Brown, who played quarterback last year for the Seminoles and plays safety this season, is a handy backup should the situation present itself.
"He's had to come in for both games, and he'll do it again if needed," Estes said.