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Appendix surgery sidelines Jesuit QB Testaverde for TC game

Posted Nov 9, 2013 by Bart O'Connell

Updated Nov 9, 2013 at 01:00 AM

Jesuit QB Vincent Testaverde was not able to play in Friday night’s rivalry game with Tampa Catholic, after feeling discomfort in his abdominal area Thursday night that doctors said would require appendix surgery.

Testaverde is expected to miss next week’s playoff game against Auburndale, but could return for subsequent games according to Jesuit coach Matt Thompson.

Testaverde attended Friday’s senior night ceremonies, and participated in the coin toss without his pads on before the game. Prior to kickoff, he told he was getting the surgery at around 10 p.m. Friday night.

“I’m not in much pain [physically], but emotionally I am,” he said. “I started feeling bad stomach pains last night and it carried through [Friday] morning.”

Testaverde was informed that there was a risk to playing with an inflamed appendix. If he was to get hit a certain way, the appendix may have ruptured and required emergency surgery that could have sidelined him for the remainder of the postseason. By doing surgery immediately, while the appendix remains in tact, he has a chance to return if Jesuit advances past the first round.

“If there was any way I could play with the [situation] I’m in, I would be out there for sure,” Testaverde said.

Thompson was informed at around 12 p.m. of Testaverde’s condition by the quarterback’s father Vinny, the former University of Miami and NFL quarterback who is an assistant coach with the Tigers.

Junior Trent Wessel started and played the entire game for Jesuit, which went on to win 13-9, their 14th consecutive win against Tampa Catholic in the 48-year old rivalry series.

Thompson is optimistic Testaverde will be back if Jesuit beats Auburndale next week.

“The surgery is minimally-invasive, so the recovery should be quick,” Thompson said.

Football: Steinbrenner coach suspended for Friday’s game

Posted Oct 30, 2013 by Nick Williams

Updated Oct 30, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Steinbrenner head football coach Andres Perez will not be on the sideline with his team Friday when the Warriors (3-5, 2-2) play at Gaither (4-4, 3-1) in a key district game.

Perez was ejected during the fourth quarter last week’s district game against Freedom, which the Warriors won 17-15, and must serve a one-game suspension. Perez received a Level 1 unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and the school is assessed a $100 fine. Perez was also complete a six-hour “Fundamentals of Coaching” course before the end of the suspension.

Perez received two unsportsmanlike penalties during the game, the first with 2:01 remaining in the fourth quarter when he ran onto the field to dispute a call on the field. He received the second penalty at 1:52 for “disrespectfully addressing a game official”.

Football: Seffner Christian goes for playoff spot tonight

Posted Oct 30, 2013 by Nick Williams

Updated Oct 30, 2013 at 09:19 AM

Seffner Christian will play Lecanto Seven Rivers Christian tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Valrico Rams Field with playoff aspirations on the line.

With a win, the Crusaders (7-1) will secure a playoff berth in the Sunshine State Athletic Conference. Seven Rivers is 0-6-2 overall this season and 0-4-2 in conference play. Seffner Christian is paired in the North Division of the conference and Seven Rivers belongs to the south.

The Crusaders are coming off a 41-0 win over Winter Haven All Saints’ Academy, led by 267 all-purpose yards and a touchdown from quarterback Caleb Newman. Marcus Richardson added three touchdowns on the ground.

Anclote RB Willie Barrett picks up first Division I offer

Posted Oct 15, 2013 by Mike Camunas

Updated Oct 15, 2013 at 02:41 PM

Willie Barrett’s Tweet said it all with a hashtag. #finally.

Barrett, the bruising Anclote senior running back and linebacker, picked up his first, but long-awaited Division I offer today: from Marist College, a private school located in Poughkeepies, New York.

Barrett announced the offer on Twitter, posting a photo of the official letter. Barrett became one of Pasco County’s top running backs as a junior last season, rushing for 1,405 yards and 14 touchdowns to guide the Sharks to their first postseason berth. Previously, Barrett has only had interest from Division II schools, including from Black Hills State College, a Division II program in Spearfish, South Dakota.

This season, Barrett is second on the team with 503 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns, plus a touchdown reception. On defense, Barrett has a team-high 62 tackles, two interceptions and two sacks.

Anclote (3-3, 2-0 5A-7) is coming off a bye week, but has won three straight and is a contender, along with Hudson (4-2), for the program’s first district title.

Correspondent Mike Camunas can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or follow him on Twitter @MikeCamunas.

Pasco High WR Nate Craig out four weeks with ankle sprain

Posted Oct 7, 2013 by Mike Camunas

Updated Oct 7, 2013 at 08:12 PM

As if a 2-3 record through Week 6 wasn’t bad enough, now Pasco High’s football team may be without their star receiver the rest of the season.

Sophomore reciever Nate Craig told the Tampa Tribune he suffered a severe ankle sprain in Friday night’s 38-14 loss to 5A-6 district foe Bushnell South Sumter and will miss four weeks.

“Yeah it’s a bad sprain ankle injury. They (the doctors) said (they’re) surprised it’s not broken. But I’m out 4 weeks,” Craig said.

Craig, who has 16 Division-I scholarship offers including from Ohio State, Florida and Florida State and 366 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns, was returning a kickoff late in the fourth quarter Friday night when he landed on his right leg funny after being tackled. Craig would have to be carted out of W.F. Edwards Stadium and has been on crutches since sustaining the injury.

Its a big blow to a Pirates offense that has not found its rhythm with players such as ATH Malik Johns and junior QB Grant Starling, while Pasco (2-3) has already found itself in a 0-2 hole in 5A-6 district play. If Craig misses four weeks, he would miss the rest of the Pirates district schedule which includes, in order, Weeki Wachee, Hernando, Central and 9-Mile War rival Zephyrhills, but could return for season finale with River Ridge.

Correspondent Mike Camunas can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or follow him on Twitter @MikeCamunas.