WESTVILLE — Expectations were high coming into the season for the Westville Tigers. In large part due to their much experienced senior class. A big part of the senior class, Will Cottrell, who’s cherishing every moment of his last year.
When it happened, they knew it was bad.
“In 21 years of high school football, that might have been the most devastating injury that any one of our players sustained,” Westville head coach Guy Goodlove explained.
In just his third start at quarterback, Will Cottrell tore both his ACL and MCL in his left knee during a VVC matchup against Bismark-Henning. His sophomore season was over before it really began.
“It was a long recovery,” Cottrell said.
He was determined to make a come back and after a year of rehab, he was ready to go in time for his junior season.
“We’re so happy that he’s with the program and he decided to tough it out and stick with it. It showed a lot of character and a lot of determination to come back from something like that,” Goodlove exclaimed.
Cottrell played some quarterback during the 2015 season but after the Tigers lost two offensive lineman this year, Goodlove asked him to switch from QB to the line.
“I mean I’m a big kid, 230 pounds. Not a lot of quarterbacks are that size, so they’re kind of using me at both spots to their advantage,” Cottrell said.
The change hasn’t fazed Cottell, who says he’s actually enjoyed it.
“I love it,” he added. “I mean, it’s just an all-out fist fight for three hours on that line. There’s nothing like it. It’s a lot of fun.”
Cottell still plays some quarterback in special situations or in short yardage, which means predicting where he’ll be is a challenge.
“You never know,” he said. “You really never know.”
“I’m just very thankful that we have kids like Will on the team that are willing to push aside individual glory for the betterment of the team,” Goodlove continued.
And the Tigers will look to use Cottrell in both spots in our Friday Football Fever Spotlight game of the week when Westville hosts Salt Fork.