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Dixie Hollins planned to rely on the one-two running punch of Demondre Lambert and Kabriel Jackson this season.
The Rebels lost their top running backs to knee injuries in their season-opening loss to Northeast.
Lambert’s was the biggest blow. He tore his anterior cruciate ligament, along with two other ligaments, on the first play of the second half. Coach Shannon Brooks said Lambert is out for the season and likely will have to wait 12 months until he can play again.
“Demondre’s injury was real bad,” Brooks said. “The doctors basically had to put his knee back in place on the field. It was tough because he just ripped off a 25-yard run to start the second half and I thought we were starting to get momentum.”
Jackson hurt his knee in the first half and could be out for the season as well. Brooks said he will know more once Jackson is diagnosed by doctors.
In the past two weeks the Rebels have been bitten hard by the injury bug. Dixie Hollins had three quarterbacks go down with injuries in its preseason game against Clearwater Central Catholic. Only one, Tyrie Adams (knee), will be out for an extended length of time.
“I’ve never seen this many injuries in such a short period of time,” Brooks said. “And these are serious injuries with knees getting blown out. It’s such a blow for us because we basically designed our offense around Kabriel and Demondre.
“I hope this the last of these injuries because I don’t know how many more I can take.”