The Panthers have obviously been very good this year, as their 11-0 record will attest. That record also may not have been possible if it weren’t for a little luck, especially when it comes to injuries.
“They’ve been extremely fortunate,” Boyle agreed. “They’ve had very few injuries, and in particular no injuries to key players. They’ve been very lucky.”
In a game as physical as football, it’s unusual for a team to avoid getting hit hard by the injury bug.
Head and neck injuries have been the hot-button topic around all levels of football for the past few years.
Boyle is encouraged by the adjusted approach to head injuries.
“I think the key to the head injury issue has been awareness. There’s so much more information that’s come out now about head injuries and the consequences of head injuries,” Boyle said. “Everyone is much more aware, and the guidelines of head injuries have changed. It’s way more strict in terms of evaluating an injured player and returning that player to the playing field.”
Boyle can’t predict when injuries will occur and, even though he likes Beverly’s chances of winning tonight, he can’t be sure about the Panthers advancing to the Super Bowl.
“Well, I would like to think they’ll win and move on, but talking to some people who have seen Burlington play the one comment I keep hearing is that they’re big,” Boyle said. “They’ll have their hands full, but this is a team that I think can get the job done. They are definitely going to come to play.”