WAHOO, Neb. – Syracuse’s focus may not have been entirely on the scoreboard by the end of the game Friday night, but rather on two of their key players who exited the game with apparent leg injuries.
The Rockets fell to Class C1 #7 Bishop Neumann, 32-10, in Wahoo. Cavalier junior fullback Luke Fairbanks finished with 10 carries for 112 yards and a touchdown.
Neumann finished with 339 yards of total offense, including 298 rushing yards. Running back Brandon Blum chipped in 91 rushing yards on 10 carries.
Cav junior Jake Unger returned the opening kickoff 78-yards for the first score of the night.
Syracuse finished with 188 yards of total offense, with 150 of the yards on the ground. Sophomore fullback Brandon Cavanaugh led the Rockets with 67 yards on 10 carries.
The bigger story for Syracuse was the loss of starting senior quarterback Trevor Brinkman and senior offensive/defensive lineman Caleb Lefferdink. Both players left the game in the fourth quarter with apparent leg injuries.
The Rockets were already without Ben Nannen, who will miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury. Wil McCoy did not play Friday because of an MCL sprain, but is expected to be back next week.
Brinkman was injured on a kickoff return and Lefferdink’s injury occurred a short-while later on the ensuing drive.
Lefferdink is a returning all-state honorable mention in football and the defending Class C state wrestling champion at 285 pounds.
Brinkman threw 965 yards and 16 touchdowns last fall.
While the condition of both players is unknown at this time, both had to be helped off the field and were not applying much pressure to their injured leg.
Syracuse drops to 0-3 and will be back home next Friday vs. Raymond Central.