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Published: Tuesday, 9/17/2013

Perrysburg captain Delas to play against Bowling Green

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Perrysburg's Mark Delas, with helmet showing in center, scores a touchdown against Whitmer last month. Perrysburg's Mark Delas, with helmet showing in center, scores a touchdown against Whitmer last month.
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Perrysburg captain Mark Delas couldn't feel his shoulder after taking multiple hits in a dog-pile tackle Aug. 30 against Whitmer.

He wondered whether his senior season was done.

"It went numb. I had never had a feeling like that," he said. "I thought I could have broken my collarbone, which would have ended my season."

Delas separated his shoulder, which resulted in him sitting out the next two games. But on Saturday he was cleared to play for Perrysburg's first Northern Lakes League game at 7 p.m. Friday at Bowling Green High School. Perrysburg, 1-2, lost last week 35-7 against Central Catholic. 

"It was especially hard to watch the Central [Catholic] game," Delas said. "You see your team needs you and you can't do anything."

Head coach Matt Kregel said it would have helped having an "athletic linebacker" like Delas to rundown Central Catholic's offense. Even though Delas was out, he still had to be a captain. He said he helped the underclassmen prepare for the games while he was out.

Trainers kept Delas out because they didn't want to hurt the shoulder more by playing last week. But when he came in to work it out Saturday, he was cleared to play this week. 

"It's awesome," he said. "After two weeks of watching I'm amped up."

His first day of full pads hitting was Tuesday. Kregel said they are looking to see Delas go full speed without thinking about the injury when he blocks and tackles. Kregel said he is expecting Delas to be at around 85 to 90 percent Friday.

Bowling Green is also 1-2, with its win coming against Fosteria. Last week, Bowling Green lost in overtime against Otsego High School. 

"Their personnel is more like ours," Kregel said compared to Central Catholic. He said last week that Perrysburg was up against 10 players, each 280 pounds, and 15 players that would match the fastest on Perrysburg.  That won't be the case this week, according to Kregel.

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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