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QB Klumpp embraces second chance

By Daniel Kats
Published: November 2009

The Lions will place tomorrow’s coveted Thanksgiving Day game against Lincoln-Sudbury on the right shoulder of junior and quarterback Justin Klumpp. The game will be Klumpp’s first as quarterback since his game on September 26 against Concord-Carlisle, in which he was substituted mid-game due to a loss of composure.

Klumpp hopes to step up his game and help South defeat its Dual County League rival despite his past performance.

“Everyone makes mistakes, and everyone tries to deal with them, he said. “I just made a mistake. I’ve always been confident in my abilities.

During the season, Klumpp injured his shoulder, prohibiting him from throwing for a couple of weeks.
Now, he claims his rotator cuff has not bothered him and that he has fully recovered. “It feels fine, he said.

The junior transitioned smoothly from his current position as wide receiver and hopes his two month absence of not being quarterback will have little affect on his performance.

Head Football Coach Ted Dalicandro believes Klumpp will be ready for the battle against Lincoln-Sudbury.

“He hasn’t shown any rust, Dalicandro said about Klumpp in practice.

The Varsity Football team has struggled to have a consistent quarterback all season. The season began with Klumpp facing off against senior and teammate Jason Green for the starting position, Klumpp earning the spot in the season opener.

“Klumpp has a great arm, a ton of arm strength; he can throw the ball really far, senior and captain Isaac Freedman said. “He’s a precision passer, and he has that quarterback instinct that you just really need a quarterback to have.

In the first two games of the season, Klumpp led the football team to a 1-1 record with an opening day win against Arlington.

Klumpp’s season as quarterback seemed to be over at the half-time intermission of the school’s home opener on the new synthetic turf field. He was sidelined due to a loss of composure on field, according to Klumpp.

Green stepped in under center, leading the team to a 2-3 record. Green’s new position was short lived, however, when he separated the shoulder of his throwing arm on a run, ending his year at quarterback.

Klumpp’s first start in roughly two months means as much to him as it does to his team. The Varsity Football team struggled most of the season, partially because of the injuries to their top two quarterbacks, according to Freedman.

“We were expecting a better season, but in some ways it was good, Freedman said. “Hopefully we can win our last game.

The team is depending on Klumpp to help end the season on a high note. “We feel like a win can salvage the season, salvage the program, Freedman said. “We want to bring some pride back to the team.

“It’s the Thanksgiving game, so it’s obviously very important, he said. “I’m excited for the opportunity.

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