ELFFERS OUT: Maranatha quarterback Andrew Elffers
suffered a torn meniscus and will require season-ending
Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham
As we reported on tonight’s Prep Xtra Live show, Maranaha quarterback Andrew Elffers, arguably the top signal-caller in the area the past three seasons, suffered a knee injury during the Minutemen’s 63-7 loss to La Salle and is out for the season.
Elffers, who has thrown for 677 yards and three touchdowns this season, injured his knee during the second series on Friday. Maranatha coach Pete Karavedas said he suffered a torn meniscus that will require surgery, ending his season.
“Obviously, he will be missed on the field as he always gives 110 percent on every play,” Karavedas said. “His leadership will still be needed on our team. But it will just be carried out in a different way. He is still the heart of this team.”
Elffers is a three-year starter, who has ranked among the area leaders in passing the past three years. He threw for 2,029 yards and 22 touchdowns last season, and 3,328 and 37 touchdowns in 2010.
Maranatha, which is 0-4, travels to South El Monte on Friday.
Steve’s take: This is one that’s difficult to fathom. The hit on the field is unmeasurable. Elffers is that good and a quarterback like that can’t be replaced. But there’s also the loss to the kid, and that’s the most disappointing thing. It’s a tough break for a good kid. And that’s the real disappointment. But as coach Karavedas said, he will just have to lead from the sidelines.