Sherando (Stephens City, VA) came up just short of a state title last season, falling to Amherst by a score of 56-12 in the championship game. The game could have, and likely would have, been much closer had the Warriors not lost star junior quarterback Ross Metheny to a broken fibula early in the contest.
“We had just had a great team game against Powhatan [in the state semifinals],” recalled Metheny, who had completed 5-8 passes for 96 yards in state title game before suffering the injury. Sherando had a 10-7 lead before he went down. “Not to take anything away from Amherst, but it was a different ball game earlier. But, you have to take it for what it is. Without a doubt, watching the team try to win a state championship without me was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do in my life. We lost to a great Amherst team.”
The injury has been healing nicely and the 6-3, 190-pound lefty is well on his way towards a full recovery.
“It is going really well,” said Metheny. “The doctor is real pleased with everything. I get my walking boot taken away on Friday, so I’ll be back in two shoes in a week. Physically, I’m real pleased with it so far. More than anything, mentally trusting it again and getting on the same page physically will be the hardest things to do.”
Recruiting-wise, Metheny, who has yet to pick up a Division 1A scholarship offer, has been sending out film and has drawn interest. Coaches from Connecticut, Virginia (Bob Diaco) and Virginia Tech (Billy Hite) are among those that have been in touch. Metheny plans to attend a junior day at the University of Virginia on February 24th and recently received an invite to attend a junior day at the University of Connecticut.
He is anxiously awaiting the first offer, but preparing for the 2008 football season is his top priority.
“You hear things here and there, like this guy might offer or someone else may offer, but when all is said and done it comes down to who actually does it,” Metheny said. “I’m not playing basketball because of my ankle, so right now I’m just rehabbing real hard and lifting. Coach Hall and I meet every study hall. We’re going over every game last year, breaking down each game. And I have to give our trainer a lot of credit. He has been leading me through and he has my ankle feeling real well.”
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