• 81°

3A Final: West’s Gupton kept playing for a reason

By Ronnie Gallagher
rgallagher@salisburypost.com
WINSTON-SALEM ó Most of his teammates had disappeared into the locker room, but Marco Gupton was still outside, peering up at the droves of fans in blue celebrating in the stands at BB&T Field.
“This is great,” he said.
Gupton basically has been playing on one leg since he suffered a knee injury in the 10th game of the regular season. An ACL injury usually means the end.
Gupton would not allow it.
And now, seven games later, he is a one-legged state champion. Sort of.
Actually, both legs went out on the field and played a key role in West Rowan’s 35-7 win over West Craven.
Why didn’t Gupton have surgery when he first hurt the knee?
“I knew how close we were to getting here,” he said. “I felt like it was fate. We all wanted it really bad.”
So he somehow put weight on the knee and played. He even started his last game as a Falcon.
“I felt wonderful,” he said. “The knee was the best it’s felt since I hurt it. When you play, the adrenaline takes over. You don’t feel the pain until later.”
It was West Craven feeling the pain from Gupton and all of his defensive back mates, who stopped a passing attack averaging almost 400 yards per game.
“We just played together and looked out for each other,” Gupton said.
There was only once he fell to the ground. In the second half, he was helped off after the knee buckled and was given one of the loudest ovations of the day.
“I went back in, though,” Gupton said.
And got in on a few more tackles.
Gupton has plenty of colleges interested, but first things first. He assures everyone he will have surgery next Friday.
Surgery was the last thing on his mind as he looked out on the field. Gupton was thinking more about the legacy he and his teammates will leave on a little country school outside of Salisbury. He wanted to savor every moment until he had to take that white and blue uniform off for the last time.
“I’ve never felt anything like this,” Gupton said. “Maybe my wedding day will be better.”

Comments

Comments closed.

Crime

Salisbury man receives up to 20 months for carrying gun while subject to domestic violence order, having fake license plate

Coronavirus

Rowan County COVID-19 vaccination numbers see major improvement after inclusion of new data

News

Top shot: World champion skeet shooter conquers competition, helps grow sport

Business

Local cultural institutions receive funding from Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program

Local

David Freeze: New Mexico brings mostly flat roads

Education

Rowan-Salisbury Schools teachers reflect on summer institute

Education

Education briefs: Superintendent awards excellence in educational performance

Kannapolis

Mayor Alexander talks infrastructure, growth with Kannapolis, Concord mayors on ‘Charlotte Talks’ radio show

Legion baseball

Baseball: Honeycutt excited, humbled by being drafted

High School

High school football preview: Falcons have experienced offense

Local

Olympics: Livingstone graduate Hayes among final eight in 400

Local

Freeze: Day 9 — What makes the best day

Crime

Salisbury Police talk worsening crime data, initiatives at first Neighborhood Action Group meeting

Local

Spencer’s Park Plaza town hall project still on track, change order coming

Education

RCCC names new foundation director

News

North Carolina experts worry as schools don’t require masks

News

NC sports betting bill gets winning vote from Senate panel

Crime

Salisbury man charged with 79-year-old woman’s murder says cellphone location resulted in charges

Health

Salisbury City Council will return to virtual meetings, require face masks in city buildings

Landis

Landis goes big with two helicopters for National Night Out

Local

Spencer and East Spencer join forces for National Night Out

Local

City Council approves Grants Landing development on Rowan Mill Road

Education

In lighter-than-usual year, RSS nutrition staff serve more than 100,000 summer meals

Nation/World

CDC issues new eviction ban for most of US through Oct. 3