After an early setback, the East Limestone High football team was getting on a roll when the worst thing could have happened, happened.

Starting tailback Marchas Glover, who already had more than 300 yards rushing after three games, was lost for a season with a hip injury on the first offensive play against Guntersville on Sept. 16.

The Indians recovered to win 10 games and reach the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs.

Now it’s Glover’s turn.

After months if healing and rehab, Glover is back in the swing of things as valuable member of the Indians’ basketball team.

“He brought a little more athletic ability to our team,” said East boys’ basketball coach Donnie Story. “But I think as much as anything, Marchas has brought some teamwork — an attitude of us being a team.

“He had to go through most of the season just coming to practice. He told me he was here to help the team not matter what I wanted him to do.”

Glover remembers some about the injury, especially the way it happened. What he didn’t know at the time was what caused it, and what it would cost him.

“The thing I remember is that I was getting ready to run,” Glover said. “Actually I had run over one guy, and another guy had my left leg.

“As soon as I got ready to plant my right foot, a guy came from the side and just knocked it out. I went through that whole week at the hospital not knowing what had caused it and stuff like that. I really worried about it.”

Without the injury, it was likely that Glover would have signed with a college last week.

Instead, he expects to walk on somewhere this summer and prove again that kind of player he can be.

“Most colleges don’t want a guy who is hurt and can’t help the team out,” Glover said. “Chances are I will not get a scholarship, but I’m going to walk on. I can show them then.”

Opposing coaches already know what Glover can do.

“He was the guy we worried about the most,” said Tanner High head coach LaRon White, whose Rattlers beat the Indians 19-18 in overtime in the season-opener a year ago. “We had a lot of people play him in practice, to try and get ready for all the things he can do.”

Glover admits he worried if he was going to be able to play again, and he worried about how he would react to playing again.

“Sometimes I was left thinking that I wouldn’t play football again, and what kind of impact it would have on my life,” he said. “I might be kind of scared to do certain things, but I’m going to go on and play.”

Glover joined the East Limestone basketball team around Christmas and slowly worked himself into playing shape.

“He’s moving a lot better in the last few weeks,” Story said. “It’s been two years since he played with us. We’ve noticed he’s moved better in the last few weeks and it may be getting into shape as much as anything.

“We knew when he started it would take a while to get into shape. We tried to play him a lot early, and you could tell. We backed off on playing time for a few games, then he finally got into better shape.”

Now Glover says he can rarely tell he was injured, although he isn’t sure that basketball movement is equivalent to football movement.

“I don’t notice it,” he said. “I just notice a have a little pain in the behind.

“On football field there is a little different movement, because you have the spikes that go into the ground. On the basketball floor, you sometimes have to come to a sudden stop more.”

Story says that Glover is the ultimate teammate, and it’s being a team that brought him to basketball after a two-year absence.

“I think missing all of football season motivated him to want to get back into it a little bit more,” Story said. “It made him want to get back involved with a team.

“In our win against West Limestone the other night, Marchas played quite a bit in the first half, but didn’t play any in the second half. He was cheering for his teammates the whole time and doing a little coaching himself. I told him that he had been a big part of the win, because he was a good teammate with a positive attitude.”

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