Bel Air QB Berry suffers broken wrist

Weight-training injury sidelines senior for game on Friday, maybe more

High Schools

October 27, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Bel Air senior quarterback Andrew Berry has suffered a broken left wrist - his throwing hand - that will force him to miss Friday night's game against Severn and perhaps more, his father, Drew Sr., and his coach, Bruce Riley, said yesterday.

Berry, a second-team All-Metro pick who ranks among the area's top quarterbacks with 1,073 passing yards and 18 touchdowns, was injured Monday while executing a "hanging clean" during weight training, his father said.

"It's a break. The doctors are saying we're looking at about four weeks and we'll see. He could be back for the playoffs, but we just don't know," said Drew Berry Sr., adding that the injury "had nothing to do with anybody at the school, and he wasn't horsing around."

"He was on the very last lift of the exercise, which he's done a million times, and it just got away from him. It was a freak accident," said the elder Berry, whose son, now wearing a short cast on his wrist, overcame a deep thigh contusion in less than a week earlier this season.

"It all depends on how fast he heals. He's shown to be a fast healer," Berry Sr. said.

Berry, who ran a 4.49-second 40-yard dash at Penn State's combine, threw for 1,449 yards and 20 touchdowns last season, and rushed for 496 yards and five more scores. He is being recruited by Lehigh, Georgetown, Davidson, Bucknell, Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Cornell and Navy.

A large portion of Berry's passes have gone to his twin brother, Adam Berry, a first-team All-Metro receiver with 21 receptions for 352 yards and 12 touchdowns.

The sixth-ranked Bobcats (8-0) are seeking their first unbeaten regular season since 1965. They lead the Class 3A North Region, from which four teams qualify to participate in a regional playoff, and have clinched a postseason berth.

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