Notebook: Central Catholic running back’s injury not serious
Central Catholic got a scare when junior running back Andrew Johnson injured his ankle during Friday’s 50-7 victory over Franklin Regional, but the injury turned out to be a sprain and is not considered serious.
“We have to monitor it all week,” Central Catholic coach Art Walker Jr. said. “As far as when he’s available, I don’t know that yet. We’ll know more (today).”
Walker said the injury was nothing like the high ankle sprain that kept Johnson out of the better part of three games last season. Johnson still rushed for 1,690 yards as a sophomore despite the missed time.
“It’s nothing (like) three games like last year,” Walker said. “At least, I would hope not. He was still hobbling around (Saturday) and he got some treatment.”
Central Catholic (2-0) still had a dominant offensive performance, turning the running game over to senior fullback Nic San Doval and sophomore tailback Eugene Jarvis. San Doval had rushing touchdowns of 15 and three yards, and Jarvis scored on a 57-yard run and a 52-yard punt return. Jarvis finished the game with 80 rushing yards on six carries.
“We’re real happy with how Nic San Doval ran at fullback,” Walker said. “We put more emphasis on him.”
Sophomore quarterback Bryan Moore had another solid game, rushing for a score and passing for 96 yards, but Walker said he will continue to share the job with fellow sophomore Bobby Helt. Moore took more of the snaps in Friday’s game.
NIEMAN QUITS TITANS
Shaler’s top returning rusher, George Neiman, has quit the football team. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound senior, who was a second-team all-Quad North selection after rushing for 554 yards and seven touchdowns last year, suffered a slight hamstring injury prior to the opening game and had not played at all this season.
Neiman, an all-star outfielder at Shaler, will concentrate on baseball, the sport he plans to play in college.
NA’S GIERL HURT
The 2002 high school football season appeared to be over for North Allegheny senior free safety Dan Gierl, who was carried off the artificial turf at Upper St. Clair on a stretcher on Friday night. But North Allegheny coaches said the dislocated left ankle popped back into place as well as could be expected, and the 6-foot, 180-pounder could return in “three or six weeks.”
West Allegheny football team is playing without its kicker, Dave Brytus, who broke his left leg Aug. 27 in practice when, while punting, he was hit in the shin by a teammate’s helmet. Brytus will miss the entire season. He attends the Indians games in a wheelchair because the cast runs up to his thigh. West Allegheny coach Bob Palko said Brytus, a junior, possibly could be the best kicker in the state and most likely is the best kicker Palko has had. Palko expects Brytus back next season.
Brytus’ teammates know how good he is.
“He was our kicker, punter and all-everything player,” West Allegheny senior running back Dionte Henry said. “He was kicking 60-yard field goals in practice. That took a lot out of us when we lost him. We owe a lot to him. I know this is so hard for him. He doesn’t show it, but I know it bothers him not to be playing.”
There is a huge girls tennis match on Wednesday.
Upper St. Clair takes plays host to Peters Township at 3:30 p.m. in a Section 4-AAA match. Upper St. Clair is the defending PIAA and Class AAA team champion.”
This is one of our biggest matches of the year,” Upper St. Clair coach Marcy Bruce said. “They are a deep team. I think it should be a very competitive match. I think it will come down to experience and level of play.”
The individual competition among the top players in the area will begin with the section singles tennis championships are Sept. 16-17 with the WPIAL competition slated for Sept. 23-24.
BEAVER GRAD IN MICHIGAN HALL OF FAME
Beaver High School graduate Ron Mott, 66, will be inducted into the Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Sept. 22.
Mott was head girls’ basketball coach at Okemos High School for 19 years, including a state championship team in 1981. He retired five years ago with a career record of 356-90. He was an assistant coach with the boys team for 22 years.
Mott is already in three different Michigan halls of fame for his coaching accomplishments.