Here’s Thursday’s area injury report.
California High School
Coach Jim Arnold has not commented on his team’s injuries this week.
Cantwell Sacred Heart
Cantwell Sacred Heart coach Kim Taylor said despite initial fears that running back Jonathan Mesa separated his shoulder last week, the senior has worked out this week and has been cleared to play at Bishop Montgomery. Mesa was diagnosed with a stinger. Mesa sat out the entire fourth quarter last week.
Surprisingly, the news is not as severe as it appeared for junior defensive tackle Joshua Mosley, who left Friday’s game in an ambulance. Taylor confirmed that Mosley dislocated his knee, which was popped back into place later that night.
Mosley may be available for the last game of the season although Taylor said he would likely hold the lineman back until the playoffs.
Center Matthew Ibarra, who hobbled off the field against Whittier Christian, is also fine after suffering cramps.
El Rancho coach Rick Zepeda said only junior Josh Lopez, who broke his collar bone against Montebello three weeks ago, is out this week.
La Habra coach Frank Mazzotta confirmed that offensive lineman Kevin Casey has been activated for the Freeway League opener Friday versus Fullerton. Casey has been out the entire year with a broke tibia suffered in August.
Coach Mike Moschetti said offensive/defensive lineman Zach Ponce was a game-time decision for Friday’s game against Cerritos. Ponce has run 102-103 degree fevers the last two days with an unknown illness.
La Serna coach Margarito Beltran has no injuries to report.
Oilers coach Pete Gonzalez has not injuries to report.
Titans coach Ramos Juarez said that sophomore tight end Anthony Acevedo, who did not play lat week against Rancho Alamitos, is cleared to play Friday against Whittier. Acevedo was believed to have bruised ribs until it was discovered that he actually pinched a nerve.
Linebacker Rigo Luquin is also “85 percent” but has been cleared to play on Friday as well. Liquin sprained his ankle against Salesian in Week 2 and has been slow to recover.
Linebacker Nick Downs, a transfer from Whittier, has an undisclosed knee injury that coach Marijon Ancich said has something to do with “muscle tissue” around his knee. Downs missed the last three weeks and is out today.
Linebacker James Fimbres has been ruled out for the season by Ancich after hyperextending his knee in the opening kickoff against L.A. Garfield a few weeks back. The loss is a big blow to the Swordsmen.
Coach Jack Mahlstede has not commented on his team’s injuries.
Schurr coach Ben Negrete confirmed that quarterback Aaron Cantu will not miss any action after slightly injuring his hip versus St. Paul last week.
Linebackers Eric Magos and Eric Garcia, both of whom missed the St. Paul game with strained knees, are expected to play on Friday at Bell Gardens.
Coach Walter Scott is not commenting on any injuries.
After missing a little more than a month, running back Joel Rhone has been cleared to play against Maranatha, Heralds coach Sergio Gradilla confirmed. Rhone had missed four games recovering from a hip injury.
Cornerback Grady Smith is recovering from a back injury and is targeted to return in two weeks. The Heralds have a bye next week.
Linebacker Daniel Abernethy is also recovering nicely after breaking his middle finger in the fourth quarter of the St. Margaret’s game and is expected to remove his cast next week. Like Smith, Abernethy is expected back in two weeks.