On the last play of the last preseason practice, the Columbus High football team suffered a major blow.
Projected starting running back Ivan Rome caught a pass out of the backfield on Thursday. On the play, he suffered a broken fibula that will likely keep him out for the remainder of the season. Coach Phil Marino said there is a chance he could return if the Blue Devils were to make the playoffs, but would be unlikely to return before that.
Rome, a senior, was a key player over the past two seasons for Columbus and was going to be relied heavily upon throughout the 2014 campaign as well. His loss means a heavier load for guys like Dale Williams, who was projected to start as a wide receiver. In Rome's absence, he will likely have to step up in the running game.
Columbus had high expectations for this season given the amount of experience returning on both sides of the ball. Marino said he feels terrible about Rome's situation, but he expects the team to step up in his place.
The Blue Devils face Jordan at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Kinnett Stadium.