Dallastown's Esiaba could return this season
Dallastown got some especially encouraging injury news this week. Turns out Bobby Esiaba, the team's versatile senior defensive end, may not be out for the season after all. Coaches originally thought Esiaba (No. 12 in the above picture) had torn a ligament in his left knee during a win against William Penn last week. But tests this week revealed no structural damage. Dallastown coach Kevin Myers described Esiaba as "week-to-week" after Friday's 21-0 win against Central York, and the tentative hope seems to be that Esiaba makes it back for the Wildcats' regular season finale against Red Lion. Esiaba was in street clothes and on crutches Friday. Esiaba was second on the team in tackles (68) heading into Friday, and leads Dallastown with 5.5 sacks. Dallastown's defensive line -- led by regulars Ford Reinalda, Garrett Hartman and Jesse Davis -- managed just fine without Esiaba. They sacked Central quarterback Brandon Baker three times and held the Panthers to just 36 rushing yards on 26 carries. "It was great for us to get a win for him," senior linebacker/receiver Ben Kline said of Esiaba. "We had kids step in that position. Initially we were pretty worried, but we had kids step up."