Sidney does not have time to dwell on Friday’s loss against Williston because they are preparing for their first game at home where they will play Lewistown at 7 p.m. Friday.

The loss in Williston could have come from rookie mistakes in Sidney’s newcomers, but nothing could have stung more than the loss of captain and quarterback Justin Brown.

Brown said he had feelings of concussion-like symptoms after he was tackled by his horse collar on Friday. While Brown wanted to go back in during the second half, Coach Roger Merritt rested him. 

“He feels fine,” Merritt said, but unfortunately was unable to get a doctors appointment on Tuesday. 

“You never want to lose a quarterback during the season,” Merritt said, “especially in the first game.” 

While Merritt hopes Brown will be able to be cleared before Friday, he knows his team needs to start preparing now. 

“We just have to go with the idea that he is possibly gone,” Merritt said. 

After Brown’s injury Friday against Williston, both junior Cody Steinbeisser and sophomore Gresh Jones stepped in under center. Merritt said that Steinbeisser throws the ball well and that Jones, who is a state champion wrestler, has an immense competitive drive and speed.

Quarterback aside, the new faces on the roster have a bit more adjusting to do.

“We have a lot of new kids and new roles,” Merritt said. “Last year we graduated a ton of seniors, so they just have to recognize what their role is, step out there and work on it.”

Lewistown does not have the same size the Eagles went up against when they played Williston. They do, however, have experience coming back on the team, with a solid running back and familiar faces scattered on the line. 

The Eagles host Lewistown Friday night in what Merritt describes as a “physical battle” and what will be proving ground for the Sidney Eagles. 

“They are going to be competitive,” Merritt said. “They have a great coaching staff and they will have them ready to play.”