Paschal on the mend

North Carolina commitment Mark Paschal, who injured his shoulder two weeks ago, will see limited action against Charlotte Christian this Saturday, and expects to be back to full strength for the Bishop McGuiness game on October 8th.

The injury, which he said is medically comparable to a sprained ankle, turned out to be a sprained AC joint in his shoulder. Paschal revealed, though, that sitting the bench is more painful then the injury itself.

"It's hurting me more not being out there to play," remarked Paschal. "It's hurting much more than my shoulder could ever hurt."

Ironically, the opponent that "gave" Paschal the freakish injury was non-other than fellow Tar Heel commitment and grade-school friend Nick Starcevic of Charlotte Catholic.

"I was playing defense and filled an Iso [play] in on Nick Starcevic," explained Paschal. "I didn't get thick enough on him and it hit right on the wrong spot and the AC joint took all the brunt. It was just a freak type injury. One inch to the right or left and we wouldn't be having this conversation.

"I gave him the business last year but he got me this year," he laughed. "Nick and I go back to middle school. I've known him for about five or six years. We have always played against each other."

Paschal explained that although he is cleared to play, the injury wouldn't be fully healed until his shoulder receives significant rest after the season concludes.

Charlotte Latin is 3-1, with their lone loss coming from the Charlotte Catholic game.

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