First person: Unlucky break

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Matthew Lolley broke his leg in four places during a scrimmage before the 2008-2009 football season began and will have to sit out the season.

Matthew Lolley, a junior at Clovis High School, skipped playing football his sophomore year. When he returned his junior year, he broke his leg in four places during the first play of his first scrimmage, putting him on the bench for the season.

The tackle: My teammate and I went to tackle a Tucumcari guy. My teammate grabbed him but the guy shook him off and he fell right on my leg. The bone wasn’t sticking through the skin but it was sticking up under the skin.

Painless incident: It didn’t hurt. I was just sitting there all calm and I waved at the coach and was like, “I think my leg is broken.”

Aftermath: I was taken to the hospital in Tucumcari but they couldn’t help me so they drove me Amarillo. I had surgery and they put a rod inside my leg.

Head start: I have to be in the wheelchair for six to eight weeks. I don’t mind it really. I get to leave class five minutes early.

Break time: I didn’t play my sophomore year because I didn’t have insurance. I missed it. Then I’m out for the season in the first play. I feel like I was robbed.

It’s a sign: The day before the accident, I lost my helmet. And I thought “This is telling me something” and I guess it was.

After high school: I’m going to a college in Alabama that pays for college to teach you helicopter maintenance. And you start at like $20 an hour.

Before Clovis: I moved to Clovis the summer before my freshman year of high school. We used to live in Florida. My favorite thing about Florida is the beach.

On the sidelines: Even though I can’t play until next season, I’ll be at every game. I’ll be here to support my team.

— Compiled by CNJ staff writer Liliana Castillo