Dragon quarterback injured

Dallas' 2000 football season doesn't begin until Sept. 1, but the Dragons already have encountered one tremendously bad break. Or make that a bad sprain.

Projected starting quarterback Grant Boustead III will miss the season opener at West Linn after spraining his right ankle in practice. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound senior also was scheduled for a magnetic resonance imaging test this week to reveal the full extent of the injury.

Torn ligaments very well could mean Boustead's senior season ends before it begins. If the ligaments merely are stretched, he hopes to return in time for Dallas' Pac-9 Conference opener Sept. 22 against Newberg.

"You dream about this stuff from about the time you're eight years old," said Boustead, who used crutches to stand during the Black-White game Aug. 26. "You can't wait to get to high school and be a star. But then you get here and realize it's not about being a star or being popular or any of that stuff. It's about being able to get out there and play.

"When you see you're friends out there playing, that's when it gets tough. That's when you feel it."


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