After breaking his foot, player Sam Harmon finds alternate ways to contribute to the JV football team


After their 19-0 win against Chico Sept. 16, Sam Harmon and the JV football team rush down the field to celebrate their third win after a home game. Photo by Natalie Deeble.

With five home games for the season, football players agree the season goes by fast. For JV player Sam Harmon, it will feel even shorter this year due to an injury from the first game.

“During the second play of the game, my cleat got stuck to the turf but my foot kept moving. I had thought I just popped a toe out of the socket so I kept playing until eventually I couldn’t walk on it anymore. After getting it checked, I found out I had a Jones fracture in one of my toes,” Harmon said.

Even though Harmon can’t play on the field for at least five months, he still finds ways to bring energy and support his team from the sideline.

“I still go to practice and help line my teammates up for plays we want to practice. I also help water boys at games if they need it,” Harmon said.

Coach Michael Ardito said Harmon’s absence, while missed on the field, has been beneficial as he has been able to help his teammates in a variety of ways.

“Harmon being injured is extremely unlucky, but it’s almost a blessing in disguise because he’s become a mentor and an influence of behavior and attitudes on the team,” Ardito said.

Although he has been helpful from the sidelines, his teammates said they miss his presence on the field.

“It’s sad not being able to play with Sam. I know we have lots of other great teammates but I do miss my best friend and his enthusiasm when we play,” Ezra Hoehne said.

While football is his main focus, Harmon also enjoys going to the gym to train and work on his cardio.

“I still go to the gym as much as I can. I can’t hit legs for obvious reasons, but I will just do more reps on my arms just to keep in shape,” Harmon said.

Harmon’s injury has affected all aspects of his life, including those not related to his sport. Harmon was given crutches to stay off his left foot, which has also affected his mobility on campus.

“I have to use the ramps and carry my crutches around school now. It takes a little longer for me to get to class because of the crowds and having a new way of getting around,” Harmon said.

While Harmon and his teammates miss his participation this season, they said his adaptability has allowed him to find alternate methods of contribution.

Harmon said, “As much as I love supporting my teammates from the sideline, I can’t wait to be back on the field with them in April for preseason.”