"He's probable right now," Habich said. "Our training staff is working on him, and we'll try to get him ready for Friday night's game. If the situation is safe for him, and it's a green light that he can play, then he'll play. The player's safety comes first in a situation like this."
If Dobbins can't go, then junior transfer Rylee Critcher will get the starting nod for the Pioneers at quarterback.
"And I have no problems with Rylee back there," Habich said. "He's a multi-talented guy, and he's our backup quarterback. So, if Aaron can't go, Rylee is the next man up. I have a lot of confidence in him back there."
The Pioneers have beaten the Huskies 12 consecutive times. And with Dobbins on the sidelines last year, the Pioneers squeaked out a 13-7 win against the Huskies in West Jefferson.
"Aaron is a competitve guy and an excellent athlete," said Ashe County coach Brian Hampton, who is 0-2 against the Pioneers. "We're preparing for him to play Friday night. But if he can't go, Watauga is still very talented. They've got good team speed, and they have a lot of weapons."
Coverage Friday night begins at 6:30 p.m. on AM 1450, WATA and GoBlueridge.net.
Photo Courtesy: Aaron Dobbins, WHS Athletics