Injury derails LaGrange’s plan

By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor

October 17, 2013

When LaGrange head coach Donnie Branch was drawing up his plans for the 2013 season, it involved Zach Giddens playing quarterback, and Wynton Heard serving as one of his favorite targets at wide receiver.

Unfortunately for the Grangers, that plan hasn’t come to fruition.

Giddens, who was looking to build on his terrific junior season, has played less than one quarter of football this year, with Heard taking nearly every snap at quarterback.

Giddens missed the first two games of the season while recovering from offseason surgery.

Giddens came back for LaGrange’s third game against Thomson on Sept. 20, but the comeback didn’t last long.

Giddens was in the game for less than a quarter when he suffered a separated shoulder on his right throwing arm.

“He’s played six minutes all year,” Branch said. “He’s played six minutes of football in six games. And in that six minutes, he got a Grade 2 shoulder separation.”

Branch is hopeful of getting Giddens back at some point.

Giddens won’t play tonight against Fayette County, and LaGrange has three regular-season games remaining after today’s game, including the showdown against Troup in two weeks.

“Hopefully we can get him back for a couple of games this year,” Branch said. “If he was a tight end, you’d pad him up and you’d play him. When you’re a quarterback and it’s your throwing shoulder, that’s a problem. We’re hoping we can get him back.”

Giddens threw for nearly 3,000 yards last season and averaged more than two touchdown passes per game.

His favorite target last year was standout receiver Dee Smith, but Smith graduated, and Heard was expected to become the go-to receiver.

That obviously hasn’t worked out.

“To get Wynton at receiver would help us,” Branch said. “We’ve been discombobulated pretty much all year.”