Folsom Athlete of the Week: Jaxson HansenBy: Matt Long, Sports Editor
Jaxson Hansen played on Vista’s varsity football team as a sophomore last season and touched the ball 59 times.
Backing up Dominick Norris at running back, Hansen usually only got into games late in the fourth quarter and managed to pick up 296 yards on 55 carries, while also catching four passes for 21 yards.
This year was supposed to be his coming out party, as the lead back in Vista’s offensive attack. Those plans, however, ended Aug. 11 during the Eagles’ scrimmage against Oak Ridge, when Hansen suffered a compound fracture of his tibia and fibula in his left leg.
“It was on a kickoff return and those were supposed to be two-hand touch,” Hansen said. “Chad Wilson normally returns our kicks, but Coach Struebing asked me to take this one. All their kicks had been into the end zone, but they must have brought another kicker in because this one only went to about the 20. The kick was headed out of bounds so I jogged up to just to make sure it went out and as it did I just turned away from it. I saw a guy coming full speed jump for the ball and he rolled up on my leg and it got caught underneath him.”
Hansen knew right away his season was over.
“I saw my bone hitting my skin and I said ‘oh no’ really loud,” Hansen said. “My leg was just dangling. All I could think about was that the season was over.”
Hansen had surgery the following day and had a plate put into his leg. He’s expected to make a full recovery, but his football season is over. Hospital visits from Struebing and several teammates boosted his spirits, but the disappointment of missing the season still lingers.
“Backing up Dom last year, I didn’t see the ball too much,” Hansen said. “I worked hard since the end of last season; five days a week doing speed training and everything else. Practice had been going great, and even in the scrimmage I was doing pretty good. I was really excited for the season. It sucks that I got hurt before even playing a game.”
Hansen said his leg will be in a cast at least four weeks, followed up by several weeks on crutches. He said he’s expected to make a full recovery in four months. While his season is over, Hansen said he will still support the team and be at all the games.