Standing on the sidelines, watching his team clinch a postseason berth this past Saturday, Joe Riddle’s expression rarely changed. The Maryland recruit, a senior running back at Linganore, occasionally leaned forward on his crutches or stretched his knee, but the red cast protecting his left foot prevented him from doing much more.

Riddle said his broken fibula is healing properly. He hopes to have his cast removed in a week and replaced by a walking boot.

But regardless of how far the Lancers (7-3) advance in the Maryland 3A West Region playoffs – they begin postseason play Friday at Damascus (8-2) – Riddle said his season is over. He rushed for 917 yards and nine touchdowns before being hurt in Linganore’s seventh game on Oct. 14.

“I really would love to be on the field,” Riddle said after Saturday’s 33-6 victory over Urbana, when he cracked a few smiles as Urbana’s players made their way across the field to shake his hand. “It’s not a good feeling. I can’t be out there helping the team, but there is nothing I can do about it. I’ve got to keep cheering them on.”