-River football teams won't have to deal with Nevin Lewis the rest of this season.
The Culver sophomore suffered a broken ankle in Friday's home victory against Blanchet. The injury came on a 5-yard pass play near the end of the third quarter.
"Nevin is the best athlete we have," Bulldog coach Kurt Davis said. "It's a big loss for us. We'll need other kids to step up."
Davis added Lewis is out for the rest of the regular season (three more games), but he "could possibly be back if we are in the playoffs."
Lewis filled numerous roles for Culver this season. He was the Bulldogs' leading scorer with 10 touchdowns as a wide receiver and running back.
He scored six touchdowns on receptions and four more were on rushes. Lewis had four touchdowns of 27 or more yards including a 27-yard catch against Blanchet earlier in the third quarter.
"After we lost Nevin, we still played well. That's a good sign for this team," Davis said.
Lewis also played safety and did the kickoffs along with being Culver's punter.
"We're a team, not just one player," said junior lineman Matt Zachary after the Blanchet win.
The Culver coach said the Bulldogs will likely move Miguel Baltazar to safety. The junior is a starting running back and played part time on defense.
Culver is 1-1 after a win against league favorite Blanchet.
The Bulldogs host Salem Academy in their final regular season home game. The Crusaders opened the Tri-River season with a 6-0 against Kennedy but lost to Scio 37-22.
Salem Academy is on option team with a strong running back and good running quarterback, Davis said. This is Culver's second test against an option team, the other being in the opener against Lost River (a 26-23 win).
"We have to play good assignment defense against this team," Davis said.
Culver finishes up the regular season by traveling to Kennedy on Oct. 27 and to Santiam on Saturday, Nov. 4. The top three Tri-River teams advance to the playoffs with games on Nov. 10 and 11.