Victoria Advocate: Foster digs deep for Ganado

Posted: May 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

Donovan Foster had a hot and bloody hand in the second half against Falls City.

Blood dripped throughout the game and after as the team received congratulations from family and friends. But the blood and pain didn’t stop him from throwing three second-half touchdowns and leading his team to its second straight trip to the semifinals with a 24-21 Class 1A, Division II quarterfinal win over Falls City.

“It hurts and the blood goes everywhere when it gets like that,” said Foster. “I have to wrap it up some times when the ball starts slipping and I can’t grip it. I just do whatever I can to keep playing.”

Ganado (9-4) plays Cayuga (12-1) at 5 p.m. on Saturday at Woodforest Bank Stadium in Shenandoah. The game is a rematch of a 42-7 Cayuga semifinal win last season.

Foster threw for 129 yards in the win over Falls City, but it was the confidence he displayed in a fourth quarter which showed his character. His final two passes of the game were a 20-yard, fourth-and-12 touchdown to Josh Labay and a 15-yard completion to Wesley Demicelli to set up Glenn Sparkman’s 29-yard game-winning field goal.

“He was really composed out there in the fourth quarter and threw the ball well,” said Ganado head coach Mike Rabe. “He is a real level-headed kid on the field. He never gets panicked or felt the situation was too big for him.”

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior didn’t start playing quarterback until his sophomore year. He admits it’s been a work in progress becoming an all-around quarterback but knows the work is paying off. For the season, Foster has nine touchdowns and 577 passing yards. Those numbers aren’t through the roof, but he’s limited his interceptions to two and has added nine rushing touchdowns and 791 yards rushing.

“I wouldn’t call myself a passing quarterback, but I’ve been working a lot with coach Rabe on it,” said Foster, who was last year’s District 27-1A first-team quarterback. “He’s given me tons of pointers and I’ve gotten better than when I first started.”

In staying calm under pressure, Foster also gained the respect and confidence of his teammates who have been there since his passes could barely resembled a spiral.

“He’s come a long way from when he first started playing quarterback,” said Ganado senior Ross Rakowitz. “He wasn’t much of a thrower when he first started back there. Now he can throw the ball right where he needs it to go.”

Foster, who also plays cornerback for the Indians, will start playing basketball when the football season ends and said he’ll also play baseball and run track this year for Ganado.

All that can wait though. A date with Cayuga and a chance at revenge is all the senior cares about right now.

“We are going to have to play great defense and our offense has to step it up,” Foster said. “It’s going to be fun.”

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