Weekend rewind: Maryland

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By Josh Barr, Alan Goldenbach, Greg Schimmel and Alan Siegel
Washington Post Staff Writers
Monday, November 15, 2010; 3:24 PM

North Point senior linebacker Conner Crowell - who recently committed to play football at Ohio State - broke his left ankle, dislocated his foot and tore ligaments in his foot during the Eagles' 4A East semifinal against Arundel on Friday.

Reached by phone Sunday, Crowell said he underwent surgery on Saturday, and doctors told him he can't walk on his injured leg for 10 weeks, and can't start running until March.

Sounding weary but optimistic, Crowell said he hopes to be ready to play by the time he leaves for college.

"Right now, I'm in my recovery stage," Crowell said.

The injury occurred in the first quarter of North Point's 28-17 loss to Arundel, when an Arundel defender tackled him low on a running play.

A dozen Division I schools offered Crowell a scholarship to play linebacker, but he also played regularly at running back for North Point.

"I ran a simple play and [the defender] didn't want to hit me high so he dove at my ankle and his helmet hit my foot," Crowell said. "My foot just twisted all the way around."

The game was delayed for about 15 minutes as Crowell was taken off the field on a stretcher.

Crowell said his father, Rich, contacted Ohio State Head Coach Jim Tressel over the weekend, and Conner planned to talk to Tressel this week.

A first-team All-Met selection in 2009, Crowell led a physical North Point defense that allowed 6.7 points per game in the regular season this year and had five shutouts.

The Eagles shared the SMAC championship with McDonough and Westlake, and finished with a 9-2 overall record.

Around the SMAC

Senior running back Andrew Bose scored four rushing touchdowns for the second consecutive week as fourth-seeded Huntingtown upset top-seeded Westlake 35-14 in a 3A South semifinal in Waldorf on Friday night.

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