WACO — What is known is that the Temple Wildcats lost 38-7 to Southlake Carroll on Friday night at Floyd Casey Stadium.
What won’t be known for at least a day or two is whether star quarterback Chad President played the final play of his junior season.
President suffered a game- and potentially season-ending knee injury on the evening’s first play from scrimmage, and the Dragons took advantage of Ryan Agnew’s 390 yards total offense and Temple’s four turnovers to cruise to the 31-point win in the Wildcats’ non-district finale.
President rushed up the middle for a 9-yard gain on Temple’s first play, but the Baylor commitment was injured as he made a cut. He stayed down on the artificial turf and grabbed his right knee before he was helped off the field.
Temple coach Mike Spradlin said his team’s medical staff fears President suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament, an injury that likely would require surgery and end the dual-threat standout’s season after three games. Spradlin said President will undergo an MRI exam, probably by Monday, to determine the extent of his injury.
“He cut wrong ... that’s what he told me,” Spradlin said. “(An ACL tear is) just speculation. We don’t know yet. Chad’s a great leader for us.”
Carroll coach Hal Wasson believes President’s stunning, early departure played a huge role.
“I think it had to affect them. He’s Mr. Electricity on offense. He’s a Division I player,” Wasson said. “I hated to see it happen for that young man. He’s a great player.”
Senior Chase Truelove, a starting slot receiver, filled in for President. He was 15-of-30 passing for 167 yards, with two interceptions. He also ran 16 times for 61 yards, with a lost fumble inside Carroll’s 20-yard line late in the third quarter.
“Chase played hard. He’s our No. 2 quarterback and he’ll have to step into that No. 1 role,” Spradlin said. “He was so juiced up early but he really settled down. He battled.”
It wasn’t nearly enough against Carroll (2-1), the perennial Class 5A state power that beat Temple 34-0 a year ago at Arlington’s Cowboys Stadium.
Agnew, a junior who’s succeeded star Kenny Hill as the Dragons’ quarterback, passed for 244 yards and two first-quarter touchdowns and ran for 146 yards and two scores, including a 53-yard sprint in the fourth quarter.
“You try to take the positives ... we’ve got to fix some things,” said Spradlin, whose Wildcats (1-2) lost an 18-point second-half lead in a 45-41 defeat at Austin Westlake last week.
“We’ll learn from it and get ready for district.”
After a bye, Temple begins District 8-5A play in two weeks at Shoemaker.