KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Sometimes all you get is one shot to make a lasting impression. For Kamiakin senior quarterback Joey Jansen, that's the case.
Jansen missed the entire 2009 football season due to a torn ACL in his left knee.
In his one shot as the Braves leading man this season, he ranks #1 in the Big 9 3A ranks in passing touchdowns, yards, efficiency, and completion percentage.
Jansen's play has the Braves with a date in the state quarterfinals this Saturday against Mount Spokane. The Braves quarterback says his injury had a big time effect on him.
"It was huge," said Jensen. "I don't think I would have worked as hard if I didn't have the injury. It pushed me to work harder, and to get a lot better."
"We'll have a bad practice on Thursday," said Kamiakin Head Coach Scott Biglin. "I'll have a bad day on Friday before the game and he just kind of looks at me and gives me that wink and says, 'We're alright, Coach.' That's Joey and his personality. He just doesn't get flustered. "
"I think if we lose we'll beat ourselves," said Jansen. "It's not going to be because of them. I think we'll be OK."
Jansen and company take on Mount Spokane in the state quarterfinals this Saturday at Lampson Stadium. Game time set for 1pm. SWX will be airing the game starting at 4pm.