Casa Grande graduate finding ways to compete

From time to time The Press Democrat plays catch-up. Where are the athletes we once championed in high school? Where did they end up? Did it turn out as they planned?

Makana Garrigan had a plan. He graduated from Casa Grande in 2011 and was co-SCL Player of the Year with Casa quarterback Nick Sherry. Sherry was going to UNLV. Garrigan, a defensive back, was headed to the University of Nevada in Reno.

"I told Nick that when I intercept him," Garrigan told The Press Democrat in February 2011, "there are no hard feelings. He told me there would be no hard feelings after he throws a touchdown over me."

Garrigan caught 53 passes for 776 yards and 11 touchdowns — all from Sherry — in their senior seasons. But the next Sherry pass Garrigan would catch, Garrigan could score another touchdown — by intercepting it and running it into the end zone. Nice, romantic symmetry.

But even then as he said that in February, Garrigan's right shoulder felt a little tingly. No worries, he thought. It was just a stinger, the docs said, a rather benign tagline for when a nerve is stretched, impacted, sending numbness down arms to fingtertips. Happens all the time in football. Usually the nerves regenerate. It's a common injury, not a red-flag, oh-my-God injury. It's not like a concussion or a torn ACL.

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