Bullis breaks leg in 3-overtime loss

Mitchell Mountaineers junior varsity football player Garrett Bullis broke his right leg on the fourth play of the game Thursday, Aug. 29, at Elizabethton, Tennessee.

Bullis had surgery Friday, Aug. 30, at Johnson City Medical Center to repair a broken tibia and fibula. His mother, Mitzi, said the surgery went well. Garrett had an open reduction and internal fixation, or ORIF, which is a type of two-part surgery used to fix broken bones. First, the broken bone is reduced or put back into place, then an internal fixation device is placed on the bone, and in Garrett’s case was a flex nail.

“Matt Humphrey and the coaches who took care of him did a wonderful job,” Mitzi said.

Mitzi said the surgery went well and Garrett was released from the hospital Saturday, Aug. 31.

The Mountaineers lost the game 36-34 in triple overtime with freshman Seth Rayfield taking the snaps after starter Ty Turbyfill was sidelined for up to four weeks after suffering a hairline fracture of his lower leg in practice. 

“We lost, but I’m pleased with the way we played on both sides of the ball,” said Josh Dellinger, head junior varsity football coach. “With Ty out and Garrett getting hurt, our secondary was depleted, and Elizabethton threw the ball a lot, but we responded well.” 

The JV team travels to Burnsville Thursday, Sept. 5, for a 7 p.m. contest against Mountain Heritage.

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