BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor High football team will go into Friday night’s Class A clash with Cony of Augusta minus one of its key linemen and senior captains.
Tom Augustine, a 6-foot-2, 290-pound offensive guard and nose guard, is scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery earlier in the day to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.
“He’s so athletic for a big guy,” said Bangor coach Mark Hackett. “I hope he’s going to be OK.”
Augustine said he has experienced some knee discomfort for some time.
“I injured it before the season started,” said Augustine, in his second year as a fulltime starter for the Rams, “but I thought I could brace it up and play through the pain.”
That pain grew more pronounced during last Friday’s game at Mount Ararat of Topsham.
“I came down on my knee just right and I felt it tear even more,” he said, “but the adrenaline kept me going for a while.”
With Bangor en route to a 55-13 victory that improved its record to 2-0, Augustine sat out most of the second half.
“The next morning, I couldn’t even move my leg,” he said.
Augustine is the second Bangor lineman to suffer a knee injury this season. Anthony Sullivan, another senior, was hurt during preseason.
Augustine retains hope that depending on how the surgery goes, he might be able to return to action if Bangor qualifies for postseason play.
“I’m not going anywhere,” he said. “I’m still a captain and although it will be tough watching from the sidelines, I’ll do everything I can to support my team and help get us to the playoffs.
“In fact, I’m hoping to be back in uniform by then. We’ve got the talent this year and the drive. If I can be on the field by then, I will be.”