By Jordan Kroeger, SunCoast Sports
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Friday night win over North Port didn’t come without a cost for the Port Charlotte Pirates.
Coach Jordan Ingman said Monday that junior running back Marc Jean-Louis suffered a broken forearm in the first quarter of Port Charlotte’s 54-26 victory. Jean-Louis had surgery Saturday morning and is out indefinitely, and possibly the entire season.
The injury typically requires a recovery time of three to six months, and even if Jean-Louis was on the short end of that time frame, that would likely bring him back at the end of November, deep into the playoffs.
“We’re hoping. We’re hoping,” Ingman said. “The doctor said it depends on his rehab so there’s no guarantees. Knowing Marc, he’ll work really hard at it. He’s a guy that’s a three-year starter for us and that’s a big loss. That’s a lot of reps, a lot of experience and there’s a lot of guys that have to step up in his place.”
Quarterback Paul Barnes compared losing Jean-Louis to Ernest Harvey last season. Harvey, who was Port Charlotte’s leading rusher in 2016, suffered a broken ankle in week 10 against Charlotte and was lost for the season as a result, as was Port Charlotte’s offense.
The Pirates are hoping that isn’t the case again with Jean-Louis.
“It’s practically round two of it. It sucks,” Barnes said. “He’s one of my closest teammates. As a running back and quarterback, we’re always together and it really bothers you, but at the end of the day, we have to work harder to make up for what he would bring to this team, and he brought a lot so we’ve got to work hard.”
So how do the Pirates replace Jean-Louis’ output?
It’ll start with a collective effort among T.J. Luther, Shawn Campbell, Davon Keyes, Octavious Cummings, Shamar Harvey and Bo Guy. Luther did his part against North Port once Jean-Louis went down by putting together a career night that included three carries for 146 yards and two touchdowns in addition to catching three passes for 69 yards and another pair of scores.
Cummings, who transferred from North Port over the summer, also began proving his worth to Ingman and his coaching staff with 115 yards and a touchdown on 10 touches.
Seven different Pirates combined to run for 419 yards. Jean-Louis had 41 of them on seven carries before exiting.
“We’ve got several backs that are good players…but unless the offensive line blocks, it doesn’t matter who we hand the ball to so the offensive line is the ones who deserve the credit,” Ingman said. “We had a bunch of backs that ran well. When you run for 419, the offensive line better be talked about. Those guys are work horses.”
Going from seven running backs to six may not seem like much to the naked eye, but it’s a big blow to the Pirates. Most of those guys play both ways and exhaust themselves as much on defense as they do on offense.
“It’s a blessing to have that many guys, the hard thing is they all play two ways so a lot of people think we’ve got a lot of backs, but the reality is, they all play corner or safety,” Ingman said. “You look over there and you see Shawn Campbell at corner, Keyes at safety and Octavious at outside linebacker and Scooby at inside linebacker so it’s kind of a façade. It’s not like they all just play offense, they all actually have to play both ways. Whoever is fresh is basically whoever is playing, so we train a bunch of them at running back.”
A bunch that’ll now be required to do a whole bunch more.
Power of three
The Tarpons only found the end zone twice in their week one loss to Dunbar, and both scores were by Grant on the defensive side of the ball. His first touchdown was a 49-yard interception return, which he followed with a 43-yard fumble recovery.
Luther had a huge impact on both sides of the ball in the Pirates’ win. He rushed the ball three times for a whopping 146 yards and tow touchdowns. He caught another three passes for 69 yards and two more scores. And he also had an interception on defense.
Name School Comp. Att. Per. Yards TD INT
Devon Allen NP 14 26 53.8% 227 4 1
Paul Barnes PC 4 7 57.1% 76 2 0
Anthony Squitieri CH 2 5 40.0% 18 0 0
Alex Muse CH 0 12 0% 0 0 0
Name School Att. Yards. YPR TD
T.J Luther PC 3 146 48.7 2
Octavious Cummings PC 10 115 11.5 1
Savorion Warren CH 15 67 4.5 0
Shawn Campbell PC 7 61 8.7 0
Javon Howell NP 12 49 4.1 0
Marc Jean-Louis PC 7 41 5.9 0
Andrew Grace CH 6 32 5.3 0
Paul Barnes PC 9 29 3.2 1
Ny Harvey CH 8 20 2.5 0
Shamar Harvey PC 6 14 2.3 1
Name School Rec. Yards. YPC TD
C.K. Poulos NP 4 123 30.8 1
T.J. Luther PC 3 69 23.0 2
D.J. Bradford NP 3 57 19.0 2
Andrew Bosma NP 3 23 7.7 1
Isaiah Dareus CH 1 15 15.0 0
Ja’Nyrein Wasington PC 1 14 14.0 0
Bo Guy PC 1 7 7.0 0
Shevan Price NP 1 4 4.0 0
Phillip Osipov NP 1 4 4.0 0
Savorion Warren CH 1 3 3.0 0