Injury to a hip sidelines Hereford star Wingeart Bulls coach seeking sub for All-Metro defender

October 11, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

All-Metro defensive back Jason Wingeart of No. 9-ranked Hereford is on crutches after sustaining a hip injury and leaving the game during Thursday's 47-0 win over Chesapeake-BC.

His status for the rest of the season won't be known until after a visit to doctors on Wednesday, Bulls coach Steve Turnbaugh said yesterday.

"Right now, we're looking to replace him," said Turnbaugh of Wingeart, who spent nearly six hours being examined at Franklin Square Hospital Thursday night.

Wingeart has been the key player in Hereford's arrival as a Top 15 team over the last two seasons as the Bulls compiled a 17-1 record.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder has rushed for 1,346 yards in two seasons and, as a defensive back, has 22 interceptions in his career. This season, Wingeart has rushed for 536 yards and eight touchdowns, and has returned three of six interceptions for scores.

Thursday's injury occurred after Wingeart had intercepted two passes and returned them for touchdowns.

Wingeart earned second-team All-Metro honors as a baseball catcher last spring and also plays basketball.

Hereford (6-0, 4-0) plays host to Lansdowne (4-2, 4-1) Friday at 7 p.m. in a pivotal Baltimore County Class 1A-2A league game.

Pub Date: 10/11/97

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