Alvarez hoping for healthy senior season
It's the kind of injury that makes you wince when he describes it.
"I tore everything in my ankle and broke my fibula," Eudora incoming senior Max Alvarez said. "I was at a friend's Halloween party and we were on a four-wheeler. Then we hit a ditch, I rolled off the side of it and I twisted my leg."
It hurts to hear, hurts to read -- no doubt it hurt to endure -- but perhaps what hurt Alvarez most was when he discovered that he would have to sit out the last two, and possibly the most important games of the almost perfect 2005 season.
Alvarez's injury was just the last in a string of four that preceded the end of Eudora's season-long eight-game winning streak. Senior tailback Luke Abel broke his collarbone and junior starting guard Richard Wilks twisted his ankle as did senior starting fullback James Mills.
The end of the season made the injuries all the more frustrating. The Cardinals dropped their final district game against Baldwin, then fell in the first round of the playoffs to Louisburg.
Perhaps what added even further insult to Alvarez's injuries was the fact that he had to miss several early games of the 2005 season because of a nagging back injury.
"I was pretty disappointed because I had a back injury at the beginning of the season, and I was just getting back," Alvarez said. "The game before I got injured was the first full game I played."
After an arduous offseason of working out and rehabilitation, Alvarez was able to re-secure his starting guard position on the offensive line. He said he's eager for the Monday start of fall practices.
"I've just been trying to get back to 100 percent," Alvarez said. "I just really hope that I'll play this entire season and not have any problems with it."
Alvarez said missing most of last season made a lasting impression with him. he plans to soldier through the season, but play it safe, too.
That news was no doubt music to Coach Gregg Webb's ears, who said a healthy Alvarez will play an intricate role in the upcoming season. With several holes needing to be filled by graduated seniors, Webb said it will be great to have Alvarez back and in prime condition.
Alvarez said he is unsure what his future holds. He said for this season, with practices starting bright and early at 6 a.m. Monday, he's going to work hard, but play healthy. After that, maybe a break from football might be in order, he said.
"After this football season, I'm thinking about taking it easy," Alvarez said. "I don't want to get injured anymore -- I've got a long life ahead of me to live, but I'm looking forward to the season."