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SL star QB has message for fans: I’ll be back … and better than ever

SL star QB has message for fans: I’ll be back … and better than ever

News travels fast up and down Bayou Lafourche, so just about everyone knows by now that South Lafourche senior star quarterback Harvey Allen was seriously injured in a one-car wreck on the Bourg-Larose Highway in the early morning hours of Aug. 8.

Now out of the hospital, but still very much on the mend, Allen has a clear message for folks wondering about his well-being: He promises that he’ll be back, and that he’ll be a better player than he’s ever been.

Allen was released from the hospital this week after sustaining a punctured bladder and multiple fractures in his pelvis in the crash. He underwent immediate emergency surgery to fix the holes in his bladder – surgeries that were called a success by doctors.

The star quarterback missed the entire first week of school with his injuries, but told the Lafourche Gazette this week that he’s thankful to be alive.

Allen is one of the best returning prep quarterbacks in Louisiana. He contributed to 21 touchdowns last season for the Tarpons and has received interest from several colleges across the Southeast.

Doctors have not yet given Allen a set diagnosis on when he’ll be able to return to the field.

“When the accident happened, I was so scared,” Allen said. “I remember everything. I never blacked out or anything. I just remember thinking, ‘Oh my God, I really hope that this isn’t too bad, and that I’ll be able to play.’ Then, it sort of sunk in that it was pretty bad, and then my mindset changed to ‘Oh my God, I’m so happy and so thankful to God that I’m still alive.’”

For Allen, the 2015 season is completely up in the air. But he knows that barring a miracle, he will be out for several games at the very least – if not the entire season.

According to a local sports physician who asked not to be named because he wasn’t familiar with Allen’s specific injuries, athletes with similar bladder and pelvis injuries due to car crashes are usually are out 3-to-4 months – if not more. The doctor did concede that because Allen is young and is in pristine physical condition, there’s a chance that he could accelerate his recovery time and be back to 100 percent in a span that’s closer to 10-to-12 weeks – which could put him in a position to be back at the back-end of the regular season and the playoffs, assuming that the Tarpons advance that far.

Allen said he won’t rush back, and will heed his doctor’s advice.

But he did say that there’s no doubt in his mind that he will be able to play again in the future.

Allen said that his time in the hospital allowed him to refocus his mind and learn a lot about himself. The star quarterback said that he believes and trusts in God’s plan – one that Allen believes will see him don South Lafourche blue again in the future.

“I am going to be back, and I am going to be bigger, faster and stronger than I have ever been in my life,” Allen said. “I want people to know that. I am going to be back. God has a plan. Things happen for a reason. It’s not my place to know why this happened, but I trust in God’s hand, and it will touch me and make me better.”

With Allen out, South Lafourche will start Jaydon Cheramie at quarterback. Things are going full-speed ahead for the 2015 season, as the Tarpons are set to scrimmage Higgins on Thursday, before playing in a Lafayette-based jamboree against Teurlings Catholic on Aug. 27. The team opens the season at Bonnabel on Sept. 4.

South Lafourche coach Dennis Skains said the news of Allen’s crash was a huge shock to everyone in the South Lafourche football community. But the coach said that his mind was eased once he went to the hospital and got a chance to see and talk to his quarterback.

“Once I saw him, I was at ease. I was so thankful that he was alive, and that he was on the road to being OK,” Skains said. “He’ll be tough to replace. He’s an amazing player. But we’re most concerned with his health and well-being. Football will care of itself after we make sure he’s OK.”

Mack also suffer injuries in crash; he, too, vows to be back
Allen wasn’t the only Tarpon that was a passenger in the car, which couldn’t navigate a curve on the road that night. Tarpons senior receiver/cornerback Larry Mack was, too.

Mack visited South Lafourche’s practices on Friday and said that he expects to play several games this season.
Like Allen, Mack suffered injuries in the accident, but fortunately, the senior athlete is expected to play in the early-to-mid portion of the season.

Getting Mack back on the field will be a huge advantage to South Lafourche, as he’s one of the team’s top playmakers on both sides of the ball.

“We’re hearing that he’s going to be able to come back to us a little bit sooner,” Skains said. “Which is great news, because he’s a heck of a football player who is going to help us a lot. He’s a great kid, and we’re happy that he’ll be able to get back with his teammates on the field.

“You never want anything to happen to any of your kids. But in this case, we’re just thankful that they’re both on the way to being recovered.”