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Nitros' Christopher Aquino keeps on ticking

All-purpose player has battled back from several injuries to ignite Glendale.

October 31, 2012|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • Glendale High wide receiver, linebacker and defensive back Christopher Aquino has endured his fair share of injuries on the football field.
Glendale High wide receiver, linebacker and defensive… (Tim Berger/Staff…)

In a little less than a year, Christopher Aquino twice experienced first-hand the violent nature of playing football.

No matter where Aquino went on the field — during a practice or a game — it seemed as though he couldn’t escape a serious injury. He suffered a knee injury during his freshman season before coming up on the wrong end of a head-to-head collision while returning a kickoff as a sophomore.

The ailments haven’t deterred the senior Glendale High football player from stepping back on the field. He’s not gun shy about making a tackle or being tackled, clear indicators that he’s prepared to absorb or dish out additional physical punishment.

Aquino hasn’t played a full season since arriving at Glendale in 2009. He will look to change that when Glendale meets cross-town rival Hoover at 7 p.m. Friday in a Pacific League contest at Glendale’s Moyse Field.

“It’s just about being in the heat of the battle every game,” said Aquino, a wide receiver/defensive back/linebacker. “It’s a very intense game, but it’s also a lot of fun.

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“You know going in that there’s always the chance of getting hurt. It’s tough any time you get an injury. You just don’t try to think about it and keep playing hard every down.”

While playing on the freshman team in 2009, Aquino suffered a left-knee injury. He partially tore his anterior cruciate ligament after the helmet of a teammate struck the unsuspecting Aquino, who would miss the last game of the season.

Aquino’s fortunes appeared to take a turn for the worse in 2010 while playing on the junior varsity squad. During a nonleague game against South Pasadena, Aquino returned a kickoff. After dodging several would-be tacklers, Aquino collided head-on with a South Pasadena player. He remained on the ground briefly before getting his bearings.

Aquino tried to shake off the effects from the vicious hit and was back in the huddle for the ensuing play. Once he broke the huddle, something didn’t seem right.

“I came out of the huddle and one of the officials asked me where I was going,” said Aquino, whose sophomore season was limited to two contests. “I was going to the wrong side of the line before I realized something wasn’t right.

“I went to my doctor and he said I had a slight concussion and that I couldn’t play anymore that year.”

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