By LARRY “SCOOP” McCARTY
Heber Springs senior John McBroome continues to contribute while on the sidelines because of illness.
McBroome started two games at quarterback in 2020 and contended for the starter’s role this season. He currently walks around the practice field and offers support to teammates and coaches.
“It is a very special season being the 100th year of Panther football,” McBroome said. “I’m glad it came during my senior year. We (seniors) are trying to follow the legacy left by the seniors of the other 99 teams.”
McBroome is one of the players who have been with the program since the seventh grade. He remains hopeful that he will return to the field this season.
He plans to contribute to the program in the meantime.
“I’m going back to the doctor next week, and I hope to get the okay to return soon,” McBroome said. “I try to help the team by handing out water bottes during practice or whatever I can do to help players. I still throw the ball around in warmups to help the the other backs and receivers.”
McBroome is confident of a good performance by his teammates at Dover on Friday and hopes for success during the remainder of the season.
“We have 25 guys who play with a lot of heart and wants to be on the field,” he said. “The game against Harding (Academy) didn’t go our way. We were playing a very good team. It will be an 180-degree difference at Dover.”