Jake Fadness makes triumphant return after series of injuries to lead West Perry past Big Spring

30 September 2017 K2_ITEM_AUTHOR  Jake Adams


By Jake Adams

The Sentinel

ELLIOTTSBURG — Jake Fadness had his doubts.

Through the doctors’ visits, the multiple tests, the rehab, the waiting, he was skeptical that he’d ever get back on the football field again.

The West Perry junior fullback dislocated an elbow early last season in his first varsity start, then returned midseason only to break his wrist in the first game back. After an entire offseason he felt more ready than ever, yet dislocated his other elbow during training camp.

It wasn’t until last week in a win against Greencastle-Antrim, his first start and first action of the year, that he got through a full game (on limited snaps) without getting injured. And Friday night at Mustang Stadium he said he no longer felt timid.

It showed. Fadness wheeled down the left hashmarks and was left wide open on busted coverage in the second quarter. Senior quarterback Dom Salinetro hit him 25 yards down field, only a hair underthrown, and Fadness chugged the rest of the way for a 60-yard score on his first career varsity reception. It was the opening salvo in West Perry’s 21-7 win over Big Spring (3-3, 0-2), suddenly putting the Mustangs (2-3, 2-0) atop the Mid-Penn Colonial with Waynesboro, Week 5 winners over Northern.


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