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Mon. August 27, 2012 | Rodney Page | Email

Friday’s preseason games took its toll on some area teams.


Dixie Hollins lost three quarterbacks to injury in its game against Clearwater Central Catholic, but the Rebels should have two of those players back for this week’s opener against Northeast. Senior starter Drew Boylson left with concussion symptoms, but Rebels coach Shannon Brooks said tests were negative and he has been cleared to play.


“The trainer and doctor don’t think there’s anything there,’’ Brooks said. “We’ll take all the precautionary steps, but he should be good to go.’’


Travis Bowman, who is the starting junior varsity quarterback, left the game with a neck injury. Brooks said tests on Bowman were negative and he is also cleared to play.


The news is not as good for Tyrie Adams. He left the game with a knee injury and had an MRI exam Monday. Brooks said it does not look promising and at best, Adams will be out for several weeks.


“We’re keeping our fingers crossed with him, but we think the knee is pretty beat up,’’ Brooks said. “But we’ll let the doctors be doctors.’’


Northeast also got beat up in its preseason game against Palm Bay. Defensive end Wyatt Parker is likely out for the season with a knee injury. And linebacker T.J. Booth is out at least 4-6 weeks with a shoulder injury.


“It hurts to lose Wyatt, but we do have a little bit of depth there,’’ Vikings’ coach Mike Jalazo said. “T.J. is going to be tougher to replace. He’s one of our better tacklers so it hurts to lose him.’’


Canterbury also suffered a big loss in its preseason game against Community School of Naples. Freshman quarterback Christian Renner, who was in line to be the starter, suffered a concussion and is out for the year. He’ll be replaced by Michael Wolf.


Lakewood quarterback Tracy Johnson had his right shoulder wrapped for most of the second half against Countryside, but he said it is fine and he’ll play in the opener against Seminole.

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