His name is pronounced Fai-ling, but he’s been anything but.
Since taking over as the starting quarterback at the midway mark of the season, Adam Fehling has given Post Falls something its offense desperately needed - another dimension.
And he’s done so while playing injured all season.
A starter at free safety and backup quarterback last year, Fehling figured to start at both positions this year.
But during a summer camp, Fehling pulled his groin muscle. It didn’t heal before preseason practice began in mid-August, and he reaggravated it a week before the season opener.
Still, he went into the opener sharing the quarterback job with junior Ben Sharon. But Fehling re-injured himself during his turn in the second quarter.
He missed Post Falls’ second game, and by that time Sharon was taking all the reps at QB.
But after the Trojans fell behind 35-0 in the first half against rival Lewiston, coach Jerry Lee started Fehling in the second half.
He didn’t engineer a miraculous comeback, but he was named the starter the following week, the fifth game of the season.
Despite injury - he’s one of the faster players on the team - the QB job has been his ever since.
Fehling has passed for more than 600 yards in Post Falls’ final five games. He played particularly well when the Trojans secured a state playoff berth Friday at Sandpoint.
He completed 9 of 13 passes for 175 yards and four touchdowns.
“(Sandpoint) was by far his best game,” Lee said. “If he was at full strength he’d be starting both ways because he’s such a competitor.”
Until midseason, Fehling hadn’t played quarterback full time since his freshman year.
“He’s much more confident; he learns every week,” Lee said. “He may not look pretty at times, but he gets the job done.”
Where the injury affects Fehling most, he said, is in lateral motion. At halftime of each game, trainers warm up a heat pack in a microwave and Fehling holds it on his sore muscle to keep it from tightening up.
He has had an hour of physical therapy a day since early season. And he’s gone through Ibuprofen like Lifesavers.
“I don’t know when it’s going to have time to heal because basketball starts right after the season,” he said.
In fact, he’d like to see football (Milk Bowl state title games, Nov. 22-23) overlap the start of basketball practices (Nov. 18).
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