- David Helman, Reporter, RecruitingNation
Kudos to Kendell Beckwith (Jackson, La./East Feliciana) for toughness, at least.
This past Friday marked the second consecutive week Beckwith, the state's top recruit, has aggravated a shoulder injury during the course of a game. The ESPN 150 athlete played through it two weeks ago during a 41-40 loss to Zachary, but it proved to be too much this past weekend against Richwood.
"I spent the game [against Zachary] playing through it, and it never got well. And it started back hurting on Friday," Beckwith said. "I played almost the whole first quarter. Then after that, I went in on defense and I made a tackle -- and it hurt, man."
Beckwith said he received X-rays on the shoulder, which were negative. He'll be undergoing an MRI on Monday afternoon, although he doesn't think the injury is a serious one.
"I'm hoping it's just a contusion," he said. "I probably would have been fine if I had just rested this week, but I didn't want to miss any games -- especially not as a senior."
That's pretty evident when talking to Beckwith about how Friday's Richwood game ended. The two-way star re-entered the game in overtime despite arguments from his coaches and rushed for the game-winning score.
"It was hurting real bad, but I just had to rub some stuff on it and went back in," he said. "The first time I ran it and got down to the 4, then I ran it again and scored it."
Beckwith will know more about what he's dealing with after the MRI today, but he said he's optimistic he can play this weekend.
Kudos to Kendell Beckwith (Jackson, La./East Feliciana) for toughness, at least.This past Friday marked the second consecutive week Beckwith, the state's top recruit, has aggravated a shoulder injury during the course of a game.