COUNCIL BLUFFS — It didn’t take long for Max Duggan’s season to take a turn.
Lewis Central’s touted junior quarterback, who has offers from Nebraska, Iowa, Iowa State and others, took a helmet to the thumb of his throwing hand on the third play of the Week 2 game Friday against Abraham Lincoln, said his father, L.C. coach Jim Duggan.
Max stayed in for one more play, then was sidelined for the rest of the night, leaving the Lewis Central and area football community wondering how long the four-star prospect would be out.
On Tuesday, they got their answer: four to six weeks.
“He’s going to have to rest,” Jim Duggan said. “He can’t have any contact. He can’t throw. There’s not a whole lot he can do about it except just give it time to heal.”
Jim Duggan said he’d suspected the thumb was fractured. X-rays Saturday confirmed it, but a hand specialist determined Tuesday that there wasn’t any more extensive ligament damage.
The good news is that surgery won’t be necessary.
The bad is that, after a whirlwind buildup of training sessions and recruiting visits, Max won’t be able to compete again until the end of the regular season.
Sophomore Bret Kobes, who completed 12 of 13 passes for 175 yards and three touchdowns in his varsity debut, will replace him in the meantime.
Jim Duggan said his son is disappointed.
“He’s put in a lot of work for the last couple of years,” the coach said. “All winter and all spring and all summer, and something like this happens, it’s pretty disappointing, but you move on. It’s not the end of the world, and this happens to a lot of quarterbacks, so it’s just part of playing that position.”
Besides Nebraska and Iowa Power Five programs, schools that have offered scholarships to Duggan include Kansas State, Minnesota, Penn State and Georgia.
Where do you think 2019 Lewis Central QB Max Duggan will commit?
Council Bluffs Lewis Central's Max Duggan has offers from the local Division I football teams — Nebraska, Iowa and Iowa State. Where will the 2019 QB commit?