“It’s nothing serious, fortunately…it’s a minor fracture,” said Mencarini, whose team finished 12-2 and lost to Wise in the Maryland 4A final earlier this month. “He’s actually already started the [rehab] process. He was only in a cast for about a week. It’s a shame.”
Newby, a first-team All-Met selection who had 132 tackles this fall, is the second Quince Orchard player to be held out of the Crab Bowl due to an ankle injury. Kieran Gregory was selected to the game but will not play Friday, choosing to rest an ankle that hampered him for much of the 2012 season.
Two other Cougar players will play, however; Andrew Ankrah at defensive end and Carlo St. Regis at linebacker, while defensive coordinator John Kelly will also coach in the game. Newby (Nebraska), Gregory (Richmond) and Ankrah (James Madison) are all committed to either Football Bowl Subdivision or Football Championship Series schools, while Mencarini said St. Regis is set to take several visits in January.
Quince Orchard quarterback Matt Choi committed to Monmouth on Wednesday and running back Tyrell Williams will likely make a decision in late January, Mencarini noted. Williams is considering Duquesne, Brown and Penn among other schools.