Westby High School didn't get the result it wanted Friday night to open the 2016 football season, but there was one player who would have given anything to just be on the field.
Norsemen senior quarterback Kyle Anderson has been working for more than a year to get back on the field. After injuring his shoulder sophomore year, he blew out his knee playing basketball a few months later. He had surgery for both injuries about six weeks apart, and missed his junior season of football.
Another injury in practice Thursday kept him out of Westby's first contest at the high school field, a 48-7 loss to Darlington.
"It was really hard, you know. That's what you look forward to, you look forward to Friday night lights and playing next to your buddies and celebrating in the locker room afterwards," Anderson said a few days before his practice injury. "It just made me appreciate the game a lot more and made we want to get back to it."
Head coach Andy Hulst said Anderson is expected to make his season debut this Friday against Sparta. In practice, the senior has shown knowledge of the offense and has made a variety of throws.
"He's a very athletic kid. He's a very tall kid. He's deceptively fast," Hulst said. "I think he has all the tools, I'm hoping he just stays healthy, I think he will. And if he can put it all together, he'll have a great senior year."