Wayne Hills QB Breaks Bone in Foot, Rest of Season In Doubt

Nationally-ranked signal caller Kevin Olsen reportedly suffered the injury in team's 56-7 season opener of Northern Highlands on Friday.

Wayne Hills' Kevin Olsen, a nationally ranked quarterback and state champion, suffered a fractured bone along the bottom of his right foot during the Patriots' 56-7 on Friday night, NorthJersey.com reported.

Olsen, who has verbally committed to attend the University of Miami next year, was expected to help lead the Patriots to a third-straight state group championship.

The last season by defeating Old Tappan 15-12. Olsen down the field and threw the winning touchdown with three minutes to go in the fourth quarter.

Olsen was in the country at the Elite 11 quarterback camp. The results were televisized earlier this year.

Olsen, his family, and the team are the subject of "New Jersey's Last Patriot," the first-ever documentary produced by MSG Varsity. Part I . Part II is being filmed now and will be broadcast in December. 

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j good September 09, 2012 at 12:35 PM
This is a bump in the road for Hills. A great coach has a "plan B" ... here's hoping Kevin will pull through quickly and the team rallys around him and Coach...only the best, Patriots!
Kelly Lonigan September 09, 2012 at 03:52 PM
joe videodummy has revealed his true colors - you are just a bit too obsessed with HS football and the WH program. I really hope you are under 20 or you might need a life
Jimmy September 09, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Everyone at the game was shocked at how the coach/father either allowed or forced his son to continue playing after the injury occurred. He clearly could not step on it or put any pressure on it at all yet he stayed in for another 7 plays?? When they already were up 28-0. Very questionable decision making on their part....
notwhoyouthink September 09, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Are ya kidding...? Who was shocked - the 20/20 hindsighters who now know that it's broken? I was there, I wasn't shocked. Kevin not only stayed in, but ran downfield to block on the snap to the running back, and ultimately drove the team to a touchdown. Who could have known it was broken at that time...don't be so dramatic. My main hope at this point is that Kevin heals up with no problems. It's gotta be disappointing for him. He was throwing really well and the offense seemed to click nicely around his leadership.
Chicken Little September 09, 2012 at 10:20 PM
I don't know Kevin, aside from hearing him on TV, and from his general reputation (my son and my son's friends know Kevin to different degrees). He seems like a nice kid who has been groomed by his dad from birth to be a football player. I find it increasingly difficult as I get older to be a football fan for a number of reasons, but if this is something Kevin wants, I wish him well. I do wonder, however, what Kevin's "Plan B" is if he finds he can't play football. I wonder if this is discussed in the "Last Patriot" documentary. I am curious to know what he sees for himself, if football isn't there for him.
P. D. Robles September 10, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Most likely continue to get straight A's as his bothers did through high school and college. Move on into business successes as his brother Christian did. No worries either way, the boys know the drive to succeed both on and off the field and on and out of the classroom. Why would a 18 year old, no matter who he is, be beholden to letting you know his future plans? You think too much of yourself!
careless fills September 10, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Football is stupid and it should be banned from all schools and as a youth activity. Too many young men have had their health and lives ruined by physical, mental, and social injuries suffered whilst playing this silly game. All of the so called life lessons claimed by proponents of football (including the foolish coach who permitted the obviously injured player to stay in) can be better learnt in a whole slew of other activities, including nearly any other sport.
Chicken Little September 10, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Whoa! PD Robles! He is not beholden to me. I am just curious. Who put a bug up your tush! This kid has amazing opportunity if all goes well. I am just wondering what he has in mind if this does not pan out for him. Why are you so offended by my question?
P.D.Robles September 10, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Not offended by any means! Last time I checked there were no bugs either. I think it is a bit unfair to assume one student athlete in town needs to explain his ambitions and plan B because of his last name, while everyone else accepts the youthful passion of the other athletes. Groomed to be successful is probably a more perfect summation. Fact of the matter is most high school athletes never play after their senior season. Of those that do, even fewer play beyond college. Intellegent students know this, and plan careers based upon college degrees. Here is a young man following the example set by two older brothers that did the same. If you using the TV show as a detailed view of his future, I think both of his older brothers discussed hard work and success throughout. Doubtful that was limited to only football.
Chicken Little September 10, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Never mind PD Robles. You are offended by the question, but I don't understand why. For some reason, you are very defensive of the kid. I don't know why I didn't post anything offensive. I didn't demand that he read this blog and respond. . I am not looking to interrogate the kid. I am curious. He is not like "most" high school athletes. He is an ESPN top 11 qb. He is nationally ranked. His brother plays professional football. He has the potential to make millions of dollars if all goes well for him. Isn't this why The Patch has a blog site? To promote comments about the stories which are printed here?
mike September 10, 2012 at 12:41 PM
I was at the game too and I agree he should have been taken out of the game when he got injured. Unless you are blind you could clearly see he was in so much pain he couldnt walk, he couldnt even step on his injured foot. They were up by 28 points and clearly didnt need him to be in the game as the back up qb is propably the second best in the league anyway...
Ducksworth September 10, 2012 at 01:24 PM
@ chicken ... who isn't offended by the question ... How many 18 year old high school seniors have a developed Plan B at this point? Most are still piecing together a Plan A as college acceptances are three to four months away. Based upon his commitment to a High Competitive ACADEMIC University (In the 2012 edition of America's Best Colleges, U.S.News & World Report ranks Miami 3rd among the nation's top universities for its commitment to undergraduate teaching) I would venture a guess that with or without football this young man has a very bright future.
Ducksworth September 10, 2012 at 01:26 PM
I was at the game, and I think he showed alot of guts trying to play after he was injured. When it became obvious to him and the staff that he couldn't continue he came out.
Ducksworth September 10, 2012 at 01:28 PM
6 weeks is the end of October. Hardly the end of the football season.
paul r September 10, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Boy, Kelly, talk about the pot calling the kettle black!! Obsess with WH football and Olsen much??
Chicken Little September 10, 2012 at 02:05 PM
@Ducksworth Still, why be offended by the question? I don't expect him to have all the answers to his future. I have an 18 year old, and I know first hand how the "process" goes. But Kevin Olsen is "news" (I suppose). he was on the ESPN qb show. He is the subject of the MSG Varsity documentary. This is somewhat interesting. You and Robles optimistically suppose that he has a bright future, even if football does not pan out. I see no reason to presume otherwise. I am just curious as to what any young person sees for himself or herself. But Kevin is the one making the news these days. (I really don't understand why the question is taken offensively. Besides, I am not demanding an answer from him, you, or anyone. I am just throwing it out there as a rhetorical musing about a boy with an extremely exciting and promising future as a professional NFL quarterback. Why you, PD Robles, or anyone would get bent out of joint by the question is beyond me.)
Ducksworth September 10, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Rather than offended, perhaps a better term would be dumbfounded. As you indicate he is in the news, maybe thats your frustration. Looks the the education plan for this news-worthy student athlete is well in hand apparently. Planning for failure is basically expecting it to happen. Planning for a quality education is preparing for the future and all it brings..
notwhoyouthink September 10, 2012 at 03:09 PM
It really depends on how much rehab is required. If it's in a cast, there will be some muscle atrophy, loss of flexibility, etc. . 6 weeks could easily become 10 weeks...then it's pretty much the end of the season
Chicken Little September 10, 2012 at 03:36 PM
@Duckworth. You offend and dumbfound too easily. Goodbye.
careless fills September 10, 2012 at 03:53 PM
After this comment, I feel that I would be justified in reivising and extrapolating my original remark above. Not only is football is stupid, but so is many of its players, coaches, and proponents. It should be banned from all schools and as a youth activity. Too many young men have had their health and lives ruined by physical, mental, and social injuries suffered whilst playing this silly game. All of the so called life lessons claimed by proponents of football (including the foolish coach who permitted the obviously injured player to stay in) can be better learnt in a whole slew of other activities, including nearly any other sport. Thank goodness that this young man wasn't more severely injured than we are led to believe. At best he and his coaches showed an obvious lack of judgment in letting him play on instead of the attitude that "he showed alot (sic) of guts trying to play after he was injured" until it became "obvious to him and the staff that he couldn't continue". Perhaps this lack of judgment by both the player and his coaches are symptoms of previous mental injuries or even the win at all costs mentality that the football culture apparently teaches and encourages.
Gordon Rizzuto September 10, 2012 at 04:39 PM
I agree with Chicken Little. It actually is a very good question whether or not Kevin plans going professionally. His older brother Greg went to Miami and then to the NFL there's no reason to assume Kevin wouldn't follow. I don't think Chicken Little is offended or jealous that Kevin is "News Worthy". I think it's a very good question and something all players and not just Kevin should think about.
Chicken Little September 10, 2012 at 05:09 PM
@Gordon: Yes, I don't understand the negative reaction to my postings. I think my postings reflect that I am excited (not jealous, not frustrated, not anything negative) by what may lay in store for Kevin, if all goes well. (Is there anyone out there who seriously doubts that football is Kevin's "Plan A?"). I don't think he is going to Miami because of its academic ranking. I note that Coach Olsen commented during the MSG Varsity documentary that U of Miami puts the most college players into the NFL. I doubt Kevin is thinking about Plan B; why would he at this point? He is young, he is an ESPN Top 11 QB, he is a top 15 high school qb, and top 75 all around high school football player in the nation. The future is so promising for him. I also posed my question in light of a recent Sports Illustrated story, "Where are they Now?" featuring Earl Campbell on the cover. It is interesting to see what former athletes are up to after their careers are over. I think the reactions of Duckworth and PD Robles are "knee jerk" reactions, misinterpreting my comments and motives. I simply find Kevin's story and his future very bright, exciting and interesting. Watching 5 NFL rookie qbs over the weekend, particularly Andrew Luck with Indianapois, I couldn't help but imagine Kevin in a similar position in a few years.
W. Paderone September 10, 2012 at 05:40 PM
How noble of you to express concern for this young man based upon the most extreme of horror stories regarding professional football players (ie Earl Campbell) You are doing this young man a service by presenting him with possibilities that may await him if is is successful enough to reach a draft into the NFL 4 years from now. Whereas previous posters may be reacting to the incessant bashing of an 18 year old successful young man, You and Gordon have nothing but the best of his interests at heart, and should be commended for your concern. Rather than dabble in idle banter on this blog, a trip to Wayne Hills football offices should rest your concerns. Imagine how touched Kevins dad would be to learn of your concern for his son's success. Please be sure to share with the rest of us the reaction you get for your personal interaction. Thank you for raising the bar of this blog. You should be commended for your foresight. Who else would have thought it was a no brainer he had professional aspirations beased upon his family history? Who else would have questioned his ability to graduate college and complete a degree based upon the same history? Your a blessing for us all! Thank you!
paul r September 10, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Just out of curiosity careless, can you put a number to the amount of young men who've had their lives ruined by football's physical, mental, and social injuries. I'd also like to see the corresponding numbers for those young men who's lives were ruined in physical, mental, and social ways but weren't involved in football. I'll be waiting.
careless fills September 10, 2012 at 07:03 PM
There are many activities that can ruin people's lives. Some dangerous activies, however are necessary or useful. Football is not one. Football has little redeeming value and it has directly caused many unnecessary permanent injuries and deaths.
paul r September 10, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Didn't think you could. Personally, I'm glad my son played this silly game of football instead of involving himself in some of the other "activities" his non-playing classmates involved themselves in.
careless fills September 11, 2012 at 12:59 AM
I guess we should be happy that you found foorball to be the salvation for preventing your kid from becoming a drug addict or worse. We generally encouraged our boy to participate in a broad set of activities, including some competitive sports (baseball, track, chess, bowling) that he might participate for a lifetime (he still does one) or other activities like band, paper route, and scouting.
paul r September 11, 2012 at 01:55 AM
I'm not sure why you'd bring drugs into this conversation but I guess only you would know the reason, and i'm glad you saved your son from that life by pointng him towards bowling and all those other safe activities. Congrats! But i'm still waiting for those numbers. Have a great night and good luck with your efforts to get youth football banned!
Chicken Little September 11, 2012 at 04:26 AM
@ Dan Hubbard: Why was my comment earlier today deleted? Was it the use of the word "hell?"
iknowAThingOrTwoAboutAThingOrTwo September 11, 2012 at 06:06 AM
The issue really isn't "How will Wayne Hills manage without Kevin Olsen's leadership and personal performance on the field?" The true issue is "How might this injury, should it prove difficult to heal, affect Olsen's collegiate career and his verbal pledge to the University of Miami (and, conversely, UM's commitment to K.O.)?" These young men on this team have proven their resiliency week in and weak out - if someone tries to crash their party, they band together to beat them … sometimes senseless (like this week’s 56-7 romp). Using the superior attitude coaches inject into the kids, their performance is clearly enhanced by human growth not just by lifting weights. With their QB injured, there’s little doubt they will gang together and use all their weapons (be it hands for throwing, legs for running or feet for kicking) on whoever’s scheduled this week to catch a beating. Here's hoping Kevin recovers quickly so he has a fair shot at impressing the coaches and competing on a level playing field to win back his starting position as WHHS #1 Quarterback!!!


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