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Desert Ridge awaiting official word on Parker Rasmussen availability

Posted by on September 26, 2011 – 4:07 pm

Desert Ridge coach Jeremy Hathcock said Monday he is still waiting on an official word about the availability of Parker Rasmussen for Friday’s game against Red Mountain.

The senior wide receiver/defensive back was ejected from last Friday’s game against Skyline after a referee said he was bumped by Rasmussen. Hathcock claims there was a player in between Rasmussen and the referee who actually did the bumping, but either way, it was Rasmussen who was tossed. A player that is ejected from a game is automatically suspended for the next contest. Hathcock said he will be getting a phone call on Tuesday letting him know the verdict.

Cases like this have come up in the past, and since it’s a judgment call by the referees, the AIA has always been very strict about not letting the player come back the next week, so it would be a big surprise if he did play.

Hathcock doesn’t sound like he’s holding out too much hope for having Rasmussen.

“It’s going to hurt (without him),” he said.

Even if Rasmussen was going to play, Hathcock seems ready to switch back to Jordan Becerra at quarterback. Rasmussen got the bulk of the snaps early this year as Desert Ridge coasted to a 3-0 record, but with him at quarterback against Hamilton, the team didn’t muster a point. Granted, the Huskies have the best defense in the state, but Hathcock would like to get back to Becerra and running back Joey Counts in the backfield because that duo led the team to the state championship game last year.

“The Joey-Jordan show is back on the road again,” he said. “We’re hitting the meat of our schedule, and now we won’t be pulling kids out (in the second half). Last year we started wearing teams down in the third and fourth quarter and I think we can again.”

Counts ran for 220 yards and four touchdowns last week against Skyline in his third game back from a shoulder injury.

“He was sucking wind on Friday night,” Hathcock said. “He was just gassed. He had his breakthrough, though. Once you get to 30-40 carries (on the season) that’s when you start seeing things.”

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