De La Salle junior quarterback and slot receiver Quincy Cage broke his collarbone in the Cavaliers’ 47-14 District 9-3A victory against rival Lusher on Friday night.
Cage underwent surgery 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. “
Cage split time both under center with sophomore Julien Gums and as a wide receiver in an offense that has averaged 49.5 points per game through first four games.
That offense has helped the Cavs get off to their best start since 1999. They are the No. 4 team in the LSWA’s Class 3A poll 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.
“Yes, 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 game 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 Cage’s No. 11 for the rest of the season.
Pope John Paul snaps skid
Pope John Paul II won its first game on the field since late in the 2013 season when it defeated Springfield 19-14 Friday night.
It was the Jaguars’ first on-field win since beating Holy Savior Menard 22-6 in 2013, and it snapped a 14-game on-field losing streak (The Jaguars had a forfeit win over Pearl River last season).
Chris Brown rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown and eighth-grader Logan Klotz had two interceptions. Jordan Davis, an outside linebacker, recovered a blocked field goal and returned it 70 yards for a TD.
“This was a great hard earned victory for the kids,” PJP coach Daryl Thomas said. “We played well and scored in all three phases of the game. The kids fought hard and believed in their abilities and the system. We still have a lot of work to do. I told the kids to savor the victory because we have a very tough homecoming game against Country Day (Friday). Let’s build on this win and correct our mistakes so we can be better prepared for Country Day.”
Rummel falls in rankings
Rummel, which lost 10-3 to Don Bosco (New Jersey) Prep, on Saturday, dropped out of the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 rankings this week. The Raiders were ranked No. 14 last week.
Rummel is ranked in the MaxPreps Top 125 Computer rankings. The Raiders are 43rd in those rankings. They are one of four state teams ranked in the computer rankings, joining Byrd (62), West Monroe (70), Brother Martin (102).
Mandeville tops Hannan
Mandeville defeated Hannan 3-1 in a battle of ranked volleyball teams Tuesday.
The Skippers, ranked No. 1 in The New Orleans Advocate rankings, won 32-30, 26-24, 17-24, 25-21 against Hannan, ranked No. 6 in the small school rankings.
Sam Gomez led Mandeville with 15 kills, 16 digs and three blocks and Emily Boylan had 16 kills.
Brandi Bundy had 33 assists and Reagan Rogers finished with 24 digs for the Skippers.
Compiled by Rod Walker, Sam Spiegelman, David Folse