Caravel running back Darnell Savage will miss the rest of the season. But the leg injury he suffered during Friday night’s 34-15 loss at Episcopal Academy (Pa.) could have been much worse.
Buccaneers coach John Reed said Savage was transported to A.I. duPont Hospital for Children, where he was diagnosed with a broken femur. Reed said Savage underwent surgery on Saturday morning, and was released from the hospital Saturday night.
“He took a hard hit, a helmet to the knee,” Reed said Monday. “The good thing is, nothing is torn, no ACL or MCL. He was very, very lucky there.”
Reed said Savage may be able to resume walking in six weeks, and could begin rehabilitating the injury in three to four months. The 5-foot-11, 171-pound junior has received recruiting interest from several Division I college football programs around the country.
“Take football out of the equation. He’s a pleasure to coach,” Reed said of Savage. “He’s just a likeable kid. Everybody really likes him at school, and in our community.”
It was a physical game, as Episcopal receiver Terrell Smith also was taken to a hospital before Savage was injured. Reed said Smith suffered a punctured liver.
“Episcopal, they were first class,” Reed said. “They were calling that night, they were calling the next day. … They certainly were concerned about [Savage]. Today, I’m still receiving emails from their community, checking in on him. I was checking on their kid. Everybody was concerned about both guys.”
Indoor track update
The future of the DIAA Indoor Track and Field Championship will be determined Oct. 10 at the next meeting of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association’s board of directors.
The indoor state meet has been held at the University of Delaware Field House, but the floor of that facility is being covered with artificial turf and will no longer be used for indoor track. With no suitable alternative available anywhere in the First State, DIAA is considering holding the state meet at the Prince George’s Sports Complex in Landover, Md.
“We talked to Blue Hen and Henlopen Conference ADs in early September, and I’m going to meet with headmasters of the private schools and have them tell DIAA what direction they want us to go with the state championship,” DIAA executive director Kevin Charles said. “Then the board will make that decision in October. Our schools need to know, so they know how to budget and prepare for the winter session.”
Charles said DIAA member schools could still compete in indoor track, even if there is no state championship. Several Delaware schools routinely travel out of state to compete in track through the winter months.
Charles has toured the Prince George’s facility, which can seat 3,000 spectators.
“It’s a beautiful complex. It is state of the art,” Charles said. “People will really enjoy it if we go over there. The sightlines are really good. We won’t have a lot of people in the infield like we did at Delaware, so you’ll be able to see the whole track from where you’re sitting.
“If we’re able to pull it off, I think it will be a neat experience for the kids. But it’s going to be more expensive, there’s no question about it.”
Rounding it up
* Seaford fought back from a 14-0 deficit to earn a 26-21 victory over Wilmington Friends on Sunday in a football game postponed due to thunderstorms last Thursday. Myles Wilson gave the Quakers (1-1) the early lead with two touchdown runs in the first quarter. But Jakeen Banks scored on runs of 14, 37 and 5 yards for the Blue Jays (2-0), and Elijah Holbrook pushed Seaford ahead with a 25-yard touchdown run with 2:13 to play. Jake Erskine also scored on a 33-yard run for Friends.
* Two-time defending Division I state champion Middletown has a female kicker. Senior Claire Gerlitz, who also plays volleyball for the Cavaliers, is the younger sister of former Middletown players Ryan and Jack Gerlitz. She has yet to attempt a field goal, but has converted 10 of 11 extra points through two games. “She had never kicked. She had never played football,” Cavaliers coach Mark DelPercio said. “It’s a little bit different for her.”
* Analise Kaminski of St. Mark’s won the sophomore girls race and had the fastest time (19:38) of any girls finisher on Friday at the White Clay Creek Classic cross-country meet at White Clay Creek State Park. Smyrna’s Tori Vickers won the senior girls race in 19:56, and Brandywine’s Eamon McCoy won the junior boys race in 16:45. The meet attracted several out-of-state teams, with Severna Park (Md.) taking the boys team title and Governor Mifflin (Pa.) earning the girls team title.
* Last Thursday’s Appoquinimink-Salesianum soccer game involved three brothers on two sides. Senior Alex and sophomore Travis Romano played for the Jaguars, while Justin Romano served as an assistant coach for the Sals. Justin also played on Salesianum’s 2002 state championship team. The Sals edged the Jaguars, 1-0.