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Friday, August 26, 2011
Montini QB Rhode out 4-6 weeks

By Scott Powers

Montini starting quarterback John Rhode will have surgery Friday to have a pin placed in his right thumb and will miss four to six weeks, according to Montini coach Chris Andriano.

Rhode fractured his right thumb on his throwing hand when he struck it against a helmet during a scrimmage on Aug. 19.

Rhode transferred to Montini for his senior year after previously attending Marian Catholic. He was Marian Catholic’s starting quarterback the past two seasons and earned Montini’s starting spot this summer.

“It’s not a good one,” Andriano said of the injury. “We were hoping we were going to get good news in the amount of time. He saw a couple difference doctors. All the information that came back was the same.

“He’s taking it pretty well. I think he realizes as soon as he gets back he’ll be our quarterback, and hopefully we’ll be a playoff team and have a lot of football to play.”

The Broncos have won two consecutive Class 5A state championships and entered ESPNChicago.com’s preseason poll ranked No. 4.

Junior Mark Gorogianis will start at quarterback until Rhode returns.

“He’s doing really well in a short amount of time,” Andriano said of Gorogianis. “He’s an athletic type of quarterback. He’s not a pure thrower. With our skilled kids, he just has to get it to them. Everybody’s got to pick it up. That’s the beauty of this game. It’s a team game.”

Montini opens with Palatine, which reached the Class 8A quarterfinals last season, at home on Friday, and plays No. 11 Loyola, which made the 8A semifinals last season, on the road next week.