Alex Schwickrath catches footballs and wrestles.
The physicality of the two sports caught up with the Wauconda senior, however. Schwickrath underwent surgery last Friday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. The wide receiver/defensive back mustered up the strength to walk the sideline on crutches the following day during the Bulldogs' 10-3 loss on North Chicago's homecoming.
"Just wear and tear from practice," said Schwickrath, who participated in the pregame coin toss with teammates Nate Magiera, Joey Pausa and Alex Payne.
Schwickrath won 30 matches last wrestling season and was the Class 2A Lakes regional champ at 170 pounds. He had a strong start to the football season but has missed the Bulldogs' last two games. He has not declared himself out for the season.
"I'm hoping for a very quick recovery so I can get out and play," he said.
Wauconda, which started the season 3-0, hosts Lakes on Friday night.
Soph sidelined: Wauconda sophomore Connor Mitchell drew a start in the defensive secondary on Opening Night against Woodstock North, but the promising talent will miss the rest of the season.
Mitchell has a torn meniscus in his left knee, and the Bulldogs won't rush him back.
"We like what he has to offer," coach Dave Mills said.
The quote:"LaVell Edwards would roll over in his grave -- if he were dead."
-- Wauconda coach Dave Mills at halftime of a 0-0 game between his offensively challenged Bulldogs and North Chicago, which would up winning 10-3 Saturday. Mills and North Chicago coach Glen Kozlowski were teammates at Brigham Young and played under Edwards, whose pass-happy teams were known for high-scoring offenses. Mills was a tight end, while Kozlowski played wide receiver. Edwards, who turns 83 next month, retired from coaching in 2000.