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Tue. December 1, 2009 | Eduardo A. Encina

Tampa Catholic march to a second state championship game in the past three years might be more of a limp.

The Crusaders, who travel to undefeated Hollywood Chaminade for Friday's Class 2B state semifinal, could be without two starting offensive linemen, Tampa Catholic coach Bob Henriquez said.

Senior Austin Rossmiller suffered a high ankle sprain in last week's win over Lake Highland Prep, and Henriquez said he might not practice this week but it hopeful he will be able to play Friday.

And on Tuesday, lineman Mike Graziano suffered an apparent knee injury in practice. His sattus for Friday is unclear.

"We’ve got some issues we’re dealing with," Henriquez said Tuesday. "But everyone’s got injuries at this point. Now it’s a matter of someone else stepping up, certainly on the offensive line because that’s been one of our most consistent unit of the team all year. If we’re playing without two starters, that would definitely make an impact."

The Crusaders are already without linebacker Carson Bomar, the team's second leader tackler and one of the defense's "headiest players," Henriquez said. Bomar suffered a severe ankle sprain in last week's comeback win over Lake Highland Prep.

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