TSAWWASSEN — The best quarterback in B.C. high school football may have been lost for the remainder of the 2019 season.
Ben McDonald, the starting quarterback of the No. 1-ranked South Delta Sun Devils, suffered what his head coach suspects may be a broken collarbone, when he was tackled late in Saturday’s eventual 28-14 home win over the defending B.C. Subway Bowl champion Mt. Douglas Rams at Dennison Park.
McDonald was lined up in the shotgun on fourth-and-short with about eight minutes left in the game and his team nursing a 20-14 lead.
He took the snap, rolled to his left and when he couldn’t find an open receiver, he tucked the ball and put his head down for a three-yard gain to move the sticks.
“One of their guys came in for the tackle and that’s when he got hurt,” said Sun Devils’ head coach Ray Moon. “He’s in emergency right now. Looks like he is done for the season.”
Grade 11 backup Hunter Norman came in and threw a touchdown pass to make the 27-14 win complete as South Delta improved to a perfect 6-0 ahead of its Kushnir Boot regular-season finale next week against New Westminster, a contest which doubles as a winner-take-all in the West.
McDonald was brilliant Saturday against the Rams, leading his team to touchdowns on the Sun Devils’ first three possessions (a full game report will be a part of Varsity Letters’ Saturday B.C. High School Football Report).
Last season, McDonald’s year came to an abrupt end when he suffered a broken thumb in the first quarter of an eventual loss to Vancouver College in the Subway Bowl playoff quarterfinals at B.C. Place.
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