160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Injuries continue to plague Hart High’s football team, which could be without three top players – standout quarterback Tyler Lyon, key linebacker Patrick Larrimore and top defensive lineman/punter Steve Burton – for the second consecutive week. Lyon (separated shoulder) is questionable, and Larrimore (swollen leg) and Burton (broken thumb) are out for Friday night’s game at defending City Section champion Birmingham of Lake Balboa. Depending on the results of an MRI taken Monday, Lyon could be downgraded to doubtful or out, and Larrimore could be upgraded to doubtful once his injury officially is diagnosed. Burton isn’t scheduled to return for at least three more weeks. An X-ray showed Lyon has a Grade 1 separation of his right (throwing) shoulder. The MRI should determine ligament damage. Lyon, a 6-foot-6 senior who has eight NCAA Division I scholarship offers, was replaced last week by junior Alex Pettee, who completed 13 of 20 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-7 victory over visiting Westlake. Lyon wasn’t available for comment. He likely will sit out against Birmingham for precautionary reasons. Larrimore, a 6-3, 230-pound sophomore – the Foothill League’s biggest starting linebacker – totaled 10 tackles and a sack in the first two games for Hart (2-1). Larrimore was replaced by junior Chris Hickok, who had a team-best 13 tackles and a fumble recovery against Westlake. Larrimore’s injury is a bit mysterious. “It’s a nerve injury,” coach Mike Herrington said. “There’s some type pressure on the nerve in his lower leg which has caused some swelling. We’re just waiting for the pressure (to subside) this week.” Burton underwent surgery last week. Hart junior Tatianna Thomas, a touted girls’ basketball transfer from Alemany of Mission Hills, has received an early Division I scholarship offer from Nevada. “When I got the letter, I was really excited, because it was kind of unexpected,” Thomas said. “I was shocked, but I’m very happy. I’m definitely considering Nevada.” Her father, Keith Thomas, a Birmingham assistant football coach, expects a lot more offers. “This is just her first offer, but she’s getting so much interest. I think about 25 schools, including a lot of Pac-10 schools, are competing for her,” he said. Thomas, a 5-11 forward, averaged 10 points and 10 rebounds at Alemany last season, receiving first-team All-Mission League honors and second-team All-Southern Section recognition. She transferred to Hart after moving from Chatsworth to Stevenson Ranch. “So far, I love Hart. It’s a great environment,” she said. “The girls and the teachers and coach (Dave) Munroe are great. It’s great to play with such good basketball players, too.” After missing the first two football games of the season for disciplinary reasons, Saugus High tight end Alex Koval made up for lost time in a 48-21 loss Friday at Chino. He caught four passes for 118 yards, with touchdown receptions of 65 and 50 yards. Koval was suspended because of an undisclosed infraction during the spring. How eager was he to finally get a chance to play? “I think his performance speaks for itself,” coach Jason Bornn said. Valencia’s Michael Herrick passed for 314 yards in a 49-20 football victory over visiting El Toro of Lake Forest last week, pushing his career yardage total to 8,195 yards – 1,776 shy of former Newbury Park QB Keith Smith’s state-record 9,971, set in 1991-93. Based on Herrick’s three-year career average of 292.7 yards per game, he is on pace to eclipse Smith by the end of the regular season. Herrick could have passed for much more yardage against El Toro, but he called it a night after two quarters because Valencia held a 48-point halftime lead. “I would say right now this team is already where last year’s team was toward the end of the season,” Herrick said. “The first couple of games, we were a little nervous and made some mistakes, but we’re getting more comfortable and making plays.” Another Valencia standout who could make an impact on grand scale is running back Shane Vereen, a junior who has 10 touchdowns this season and 42 in his 17-game career. That’s a career average of 2.47 touchdowns per game. Vereen scored only three TDs in his first five games as a sophomore last year. In the 14 games since, he has scored 39 – an average of 2.79 per game. If Vereen maintains that pace and Valencia advances to at least the second round of the playoffs this and next season – a realistic possibility – then Vereen would score a minimum of 100 touchdowns. The state record is 137 (Lorenzo Booker, St. Bonaventure of Ventura, 1999-2001). Hart’s Ted Iacenda holds the Foothill League career touchdown record, 99 (1993-95). At the time, Iacenda’s mark was a Southern Section record. Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. He can be reached at (661) 257-5218, [email protected] or by fax at (661) 257-5262.
Hart battling injuries
Last Updated on: December 25th, 2019 at 11:48 am, by