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Area football players deal with ailments at various levels

By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Williams defensive back Aiden Pulliam is out for the season following a noncontact injury during the team’s official spring session in May.

Pulliam, a starting safety for the Bulldogs last year, suffered a broken femur while participating in the team’s second practice of the spring. It was his first workout because he had been involved in Williams’ baseball team’s postseason.

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Williams’ Aiden Pulliam

The injury resulted in surgery and a significant rehabilitation process for the rising senior.

“He has been at every practice encouraging the boys,” Williams coach Patrick Stokes said.

 

Back from surgery

Southern Alamance’s Riley Warren underwent surgery following basketball season on his labrum (left shoulder). He’s pretty much back to full football activities, though offseason weight training was reduced.

“It’s a stress reliever,” he said. “I’m actually doing something. I just started back lifting.”

The rising senior could be busy for the Patriots this year as a linebacker or defensive end and on offense as a tight end.

Southern’s Riley Warren

Warren said the torn ligament occurred in the second game of the 2023 season, but he kept playing. He wore a harness on the shoulder during basketball season before the March surgery. He was in a sling for several weeks.

 

Recovering to play

Southeast Alamance’s Ryan Dodson was on hand for spring workouts with the Stallions after appendicitis put him in the hospital. Dodson, a rising senior, was Southeast Alamance’s quarterback last year, but he’s likely to switch to tight end and defensive end this year.

Ryan Dodson

Dodson had a late start to spring sports because of Southeast’s extended run in the boys’ basketball state playoffs. He played in one lacrosse game before he ended up in the hospital because of appendicitis and was out of action for weeks and missed the rest of that season.

It’s not such swift recoveries for Southeast’s Gavin Greeson, a defensive lineman, and Logan Luang-Sy, a defensive back and receiver. Both suffered torn knee ligaments.

Greeson, a rising senior, could be close to returning to action as he sustained his injury during last fall’s regular-season finale. Luang-Sy, a rising sophomore, is likely out until at least September, coach Tony Aguilar said, following the injury suffered during basketball season.

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