“I don’t know!”
That is what University of Regina Rams head coach Steve Bryce is saying about quarterback Noah Picton as the football team prepares to play its final game of what had been a promising season on Friday night against their provincial rivals, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.
Picton, who will play in his final game with the Rams if he suits up, has missed the last two games after coming down with septic arthritis. It’s a condition that can be very serious if not treated responsibly. Because of that, Bryce doesn’t know if Picton can go or not.
“I wish I could answer and say yes. I’m leaning optimistically towards yes, but the medical staff will decide what is best for the person,” Bryce said. “There are serious health risks they are concerned about with his foot and one game isn’t worth making the situation worse.”
It has been a nightmarish season for the Rams over the last month since word came down that three of their wins had to be forfeited because of an ineligible player. Bryce says it has been a tough go, but his guys are enjoying every minute they have and that they want to go out on a high especially because it is Huskies.
“We love playing the U of S and we want it to be a hard-hitting, physical football game and we expect it to be.” Bryce said. ” That rivalry is there and despite the record or the game or what, anytime you are playing anyone from Saskatoon, the job is to beat them to a pulp. Its a message we received growing up and it is one they got too. It’s not a hatred, it is a mutual respect and a mutual dislike. We want to beat each other.”
Game time is 7 o’clock. You can hear the game on 620 CKRM.