October 1, 2013

Catamounts QB will miss sub-region slate

From Staff Reports

— Dalton High School quarterback Jase Chastain is expected to be out at least six weeks, which means he will not be back for the remainder of the regular season.

Chastain’s father, Brian Chastain, told The Daily Citizen on Tuesday that the sophomore broke the tibia and fibula bones four to five inches above the ankle in his right leg during this past Friday’s 30-17 win at Cass. Brian Chastain also said that doctors surgically implanted a permanent rod in his son’s leg on Saturday.

The younger Chastain was hurt on a designed run late in the first half, falling after spinning to elude the defense.

“He spun and the torque of the twist broke his bones,” said Brian Chastain, who added that it would be “a six-week recovery process” and indicated Jase Chastain could return by the Class 4A state playoffs — which start Nov. 15 — if the Catamounts advance. Dalton is 2-2 this season and begins its Sub-region 7B-4A schedule this Friday at home against Ridgeland.

“We’re just going to play it by ear and see,” Brian Chastain said. “He’s real distraught about not being in there and playing. His Dalton family has taken care of him. They’ve brought him meals every day. The overwhelming support has been great, for sure.”

Chastain was sharing playing time with junior Payton Veraldi, who played the rest of the way Friday in Chastain’s absence.