Knights receive good news Martin may return to finish season

October 30, 1992|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

North County football coach Chuck Markiewicz got some encouraging news Tuesday night.

The knee injury sustained by standout receiver Damon Martin in the second quarter of Saturday's 60-8 romp over Meade was less serious than originally thought.

"The complications are not as bad as we first thought and Damon may possibly be back in two weeks," said Markiewicz.

The sixth-ranked Knights (7-1) at first believed their premier pass catcher was out for the season with a torn ligament in his right knee, but after Martin's visit to the doctor Tuesday, the prognosis did not appear as bleak.

"After rehab and with it braced up, Damon could be back in two weeks," said Markiewicz.

Martin is Anne Arundel County's all-time leading receiver with 131 receptions, 36 this season.

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound slot back is averaging 18.3 yards per catch this fall and has scored 62 points on seven touchdowns and 10 two-point conversions.

Markiewicz expects senior Mike Quarles, who paces the team and metro area with 47 receptions (13.7 average) and 56 points )) on nine touchdowns and one conversion grab, to help pick up the slack in Martin's absence.

Said Markiewicz: "We also have three other very good wide-outs in Vinnie Elliott, Mike Saffield and Lou Brown plus split ends Teon Carter [16 catches] and Kevin Mitchell [10].

"But it's great to know that Damon could be back in two weeks."

Martin was a second-team All-Metro player as a junior, setting a county record with 54 receptions.

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