Minot High senior QB Yanosko out for season
Minot High School senior quarterback Alex Yanosko confirmed Saturday that his high school football career is over.
Yanosko tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee midway through the second quarter of the Magicians’ 27-0 win over West Fargo on Friday. He did not return to the game. A first-team all-state selection as a junior, Yanosko rushed for two touchdowns in the first quarter.
“When I was cutting, my knee kind of buckled and that’s all it took, I guess,” Yanosko said after receiving the diagnosis Saturday. “I felt like there was a little divot on the sideline.”
Yanosko, also a reigning state-champion relay member in track, said surgery will be scheduled soon.
MHS coach Barry Holmen declined to comment on the situation because he hadn’t spoken with Yanosko yet.
Sophomore Ben Bolinske replaced Yanosko following the injury and rushed for a 13-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Bolinske completed 6 of 10 passes for 86 yards and finished with 25 rushing yards.
“I just gotta be there for the team right now,” Yanosko said. “I can’t play, so I have to be a leader off the field. I have to help Ben in any way that I can. I just have to be there morally and physically to cheer them on.
“Ben, he did wonderful, especially stepping in out of nowhere. He threw very well, seemed confident in the pocket, so it will just take time. I think we’ll do just fine.”
Both players had success in the season opener, connecting with multiple receivers and combining for six completions of 11 yards or more.
“The team backed me up,” Bolinske said following the game. “I don’t know, I’m speechless right now. My teammates, they talked me through everything. They were like, ‘Hey, I got your back, Ben. You’re gonna be fine. Just step up, you’re good enough to do this.’ “
The injury marks the second consecutive year that Minot has lost an first-team all-state performer to a season-ending injury. Two-time all-state linebacker Kolton Larson missed the majority of his junior season in 2012 with a Lisfranc injury – bone displacement in the foot.
Bolinske expressed his sympathy and gratitude toward Yanosko on Twitter.
Yanosko responded: “Hey. Like it or not, it’s up to you, buddy. You’re going to take us right to the top. I’ll be there for any help, too. You got this.”
MHS plays at non-conference foe Fargo Davies (0-1) on Friday.
Tim Chapman covers Minot High School athletics. Follow him on Twitter @chapmatp.