The Mustangs have endured a barrage of injuries thus far, and perhaps the biggest is to senior wide receiver/kick returner Drew Ortiz, who is out for the season with a knee injury.
Ortiz wasn’t on the field when the Mustangs cruised past Garinger, 41-0, in the season opener on Aug. 17. Instead, on that day, Ortiz had surgery to repair his injured knee.
“And (the surgery) was a success, which is the good part,” Myers Park coach Greg Taylor said. “But we will be without one of our best playmakers for the year, so that is tough.”
Ortiz also was a star player on the Myers Park lacrosse team last season, when he totaled 57 goals and 37 assists. In addition to being a first-team selection on South Charlotte Weekly’s 2012 Boys Lacrosse Super Team last spring, Ortiz also earned All-America honors.
As a slot receiver on the football team last year, Ortiz caught 14 passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns. This season, Taylor was counting on Ortiz to team with senior quarterback Ross Jeffries to form a potent tandem.
“We have been hit hard with injuries early on,” Taylor said. “I guess it is better to have them early on and then have everyone recover, but it is hard when you lose one this early on in the game.”
The Mustangs (1-0) travel to Cornelius to take on Hough (0-1) on Friday, Aug. 24, in a 7 p.m. matchup.