Largo quarterback Juwan Brown may be lost for the season after injuring his knee last week in a win over Tarpon Springs.
Brown, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound sophomore, suffered a lateral meniscus tear and a stress fracture of his right knee, and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. He will have surgery next week.
This is the second straight season a key injury has delivered a devastating blow to the Packers. Last year, a promising season for Largo was derailed by an injury to leader and middle linebacker Sean Holte.
Brown could possibly return in time for the playoffs, which start Nov. 19, if Largo qualifies. The Packers, 1-0 in the district, can clinch a playoff spot with a win Friday over Leto and a loss by Sickles, which is playing Boca Ciega.
The loss of Brown is certain to have a huge impact on Largo's chances, but shouldn't affect them too much against the winless Falcons.
Brown is one of the top prospects in Tampa Bay's 2013 class, and helped guide Largo to the playoffs last year as a freshman. He was 37-of-62 passing this season for 516 yards and two scores, and has rushed for 230 more. He had his best game in the Packers district opener, leading the way in a 23-0 victory over Sickles.
Without Brown, the Packers will have to rely on a rushing attack fueled by freshman Jarvis Stewart, who has 318 yards and three touchdowns in his first two starts, and sophomores Harry Brown and Derrick Doss.