Tampa Catholic starting quarterback Chivarsky Corbett came to practice dressed in khaki shorts, a white T-shirt and brown loafers. Needless to say, he didn’t stand in behind center.
Corbett, a sophomore, sustained a slight concussion Friday on a run during the last series of the first half against Boca Ciega, coach Bob Henriquez said Tuesday. He did complete the series with a touchdown pass but came to the sideline shaken up afterwards. Corbett, who threw for 937 yards and 12 touchdowns against two interceptions last year as a freshman, was suffering from headaches and nausea Monday but said his symptoms had subsided.
By the end of practice, Corbett wasn’t the only injured Crusaders quarterback.
Junior transfer Mitchell Norden, the starter for Chamberlain last year, was filling in for Corbett in a scrimmage drill designed to work on picking up blitz packages. On one play where the blitz worked, Norden’s throwing hand collided with a defender’s helmet. Even with his right middle and ring fingers taped together, he couldn’t grab the snap without substantial pain, Henriquez said. He will need X-rays to determine if there is a fracture.
Calvin Armatas, a senior wide receiver, is Tampa Catholic’s emergency quarterback. While drawing on his junior varsity quarterbacking experience for the team’s end-of-practice scrimmage, he managed to finish unscathed.
Luckily for the Crusaders, Henriquez expects Corbett to be cleared to return to practice tomorrow. Though he did close practice by reminding his players not to dwell on injuries and other factors out of their control.
“It’s human nature to focus on things you can’t control, but what-ifs don’t matter,” he said. “If you’re sick of losing on your home field, and sick of losing period, you’ll come out tomorrow with more fire.”