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.