By DAVE MORRISON
WHEELING - Injuries are an inevitable part of the game of football.
It's also inevitable that teams are going to see stars go down before the season ends.
Both Wheeling Park and Wheeling Central, two teams with legitimate playoff aspirations, each suffered bad injuries to big-time players Friday.
Both are seniors, meaning they might have played their last game, at least in high school.
Both injuries came in losses, which only heightened the severity of losing key parts of their programs as the season turns toward the postseason stretch.
Both had been down t his path before, which makes it worse.
Central saw quarterback/running back Parker Henry go down with a knee injury in a 34-7 loss against Shadyside.
At the same time, down in Morgantown, Wheeling Park's Bryce Ingram, while blocking on a run play in what ended up a 41-38 Morgantown win in overtime, suffered an ankle injury that is putting his senior season in jeopardy.
Henry, who missed his entire junior season with a torn ACL, suffered a tear in his other knee. Central also will be without all-stater C.J. Burch, lost to a hand injury and will miss at least two weeks.
Henry will have an MRI today to determine the extent of the injury.
"When it can go wrong, it can go wrong," Central coach Mike Young said Monday evening. "It's really terrible. (Henry) is a good kid, he worked hard to get back. We aren't shutting the door. We'll learn a lot more today. He's in our thoughts and our prayers."
The same can be said of Ingram, who missed the first three weeks of the season with a back injury suffered in the summer. He talked about how thankful he was to be back after rushing for over 100 yards in his second game against Brooke.
Wheeling Central is idle this week. Park hosts Elkins homecoming.
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