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Game of the Week: Constantine senior supports team on sideline despite several injuries

WWMT Grand Rapids/Lansing logo WWMT Grand Rapids/Lansing 10/5/2021 Kate Siefert | News Channel 3
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In games, coaches call timeouts and during those 60 seconds, teams can regroup, come up with a game plan or just catch their breath.

Carson Platz, a Constantine senior,  has had to take multiple timeouts during his high school football career. Those timeouts have been due to injuries and have unfortunately lasted a lot longer than 60 seconds. But when facing adversity, you gain opportunity and while Platz spent part of the 2021 season on the sideline, his teammates gained an extra coach.

"My injury has let me coach more and help the younger kids get better so our team better next year and the year after that," Platz said.

Platz broke his collar bone sophomore year, tore his labrum at the end of his junior season and broke his leg during the first half of the first game of the 2021 football season.

His broken leg will leave him off the field for most of the season, but you will always find him on the sideline, in the weight room and on the practice filed.

"It really sets an example for the freshman and sophomores who are on JV. This is what a leader is supposed to look like and when you face adversity, you push through," said senior Heston Wiggs.

Shawn Griffith, the head football coach for Constantine, has been a part of the Falcon coaching staff for 30 years and coached Platz's brother, father and uncles. 

He said seeing his player suffer back-to-back-to-back injures is heartbreaking.

"To see the leg thing happen week one was near devastating," Griffith said. "But hats off to Carson for the work he's put in and also to the guys who have been there for him every step of the way."

Platz and his teammates grew up together. They called their team a brotherhood and said once Platz is back on the field and healthy again, it will be like he never left. But until then Platz will support his team from the sideline.

"He is like another coach out there when he isn't playing," Wiggs said. "He really coaches us up and helps us get better."

Platz said he could be back on the field for the first round of playoffs this season. 

The Watervliet at Constantine matchup is the Football Fever Game of the Week. The game was selected by fans, with 58% of the vote; and News Channel 3 covered the action Friday night.

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