East Ridge football: Hassenauer out for year
The Raptors will be without senior center J.C. Hassenauer for the remainder of the year.
Hassenauer, an Alabama recruit and the top-ranked center in the country, will undergo treatment to repair his right knee and will sit out the rest of the season.
The 6-foot, 2-inch, 295-pound Hassenauer, who also plays defensive tackle in specific sets for East Ridge, strained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee and dislocated his kneecap in the Raptors’ regular-season ending win over Hastings. He now joins star running back Nick Leach and standout defenders Zach Kosel and Matt Corcoran as East Ridge seniors who are out for the year with injuries.
“He’s got to take care of that knee,” East Ridge head coach Mike Pendino said. “It’s a tough loss. You don’t get the opportunity often to have one of the country’s best centers on your football team. He’s as big a blow to us not playing as Leach is. But, that’s where we’re at, so we’ll just have to go play.”
Senior offensive lineman Jacob Pittman and sophomore receiver Kjetl Cline were also injured in the Hastings game. Pittman suffered a head injury and Cline sprained an ankle. Both players are expected to be able to play in East Ridge’s next game, however.
The Raptors finished the regular season as the Suburban East Conference champions and earned the No. 1 seed in the Class 6A, Section 4 tournament. East Ridge beat Forest Lake 54-14 in the playoff opener and faces Eastview next Friday for a state tournament berth.