De La Salle has raced out to a 4-0 start, but hit a speed bump over the weekend.
Junior quarterback and slot receiver Quincy Cage broke his collarbone in the Cavaliers’ 47-14 District 9-3A victory against Uptown rival Lusher on Friday night at Pan American Stadium. Cage is expected to undergo surgery on Tuesday, but his timetable for a return remains indefinite.
“It’s a huge blow,” De La Salle coach Ryan Manale said. “It’s very unfortunate. We will know more tomorrow, but we are hopeful he can get back. According to the doctor, (it’s) not likely.”
Cage split time both under center with sophomore Julien Gums and as a wide receiver in the De La Salle offense, which has averaged 49.5 points per game through the first four contests.
The Cavs’ high-scoring offense has helped the team get off to its best start since the 1999 season. The team entered Week 4 as the No. 4 team in the LSWA’s Class 3A state rankings and fourth among small schools in The New Orleans Advocate Super 10.
With Cage out of the fold, Gums will handle all of the snaps at quarterback while Manale hopes other wide receivers can step up to fill Cage’s role.
“Yeah, it’s just tough to step into the role that he played for the caliber of player that Quincy is,” the coach said, “but it will open the door for playing for some of the other guys.”
There is some optimism that Cage could return to the team around Week 9 when De La Salle faces Sci Academy in a district contest on Oct. 30.
That’s the hope Cage is clinging to as he battles back from a second injury in as many seasons.
“I just need to come back stronger,” Cage said. “With the support of my teammate, it’s a little easier.”
De La Salle senior wide receiver Christian Booker will trade in his No. 7 jersey to wear No. 11 for the remainder of the season. No. 11 is the number Cage has donned since being at the Uptown school.
It’s a tribute to his teammate, explained Booker, who added that the news has taken a toll on the entire squad.
“It’s hard on all of us,” Booker said.