Report: Amat QB Ruiz's status in doubt

Bishop Amat quarterback Rio Ruiz injured his left knee on this play against Loyola last week. His status for this week and beyond is uncertain. Courtesy of Dean Maners

It is unclear whether Bishop Amat senior quarterback Rio Ruiz will play football again this year after a left knee injury forced him to leave Friday night's home loss to Loyola. According to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Ruiz will have an MRI exam this week to determine the severity of the injury.

"He's very sore and we don't have anything official yet without the MRI," Ruiz's father Rudy told the newspaper. "The good thing is that he's walking around the house without his crutches."

Ruiz is one of the area's top baseball players and a projected first-round selection in next year's MLB draft. He homered at Dodger Stadium in June to lead Amat to the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 title.

Before the season, Ruiz was scheduled to miss three nonleague games to play for the U.S. Under-18 national baseball team in Colombia. Ruiz stuck with football when the tournament was postponed due to inclement weather. He started the season off slow following a summer-long baseball tour but seemed to find his form in a road win at Crespi on Oct. 21, throwing for 231 yards and two touchdowns on 18 for 24 passing.

The Lancers (6-3, 1-2 Serra) can clinch a spot in the Pac-5 Division playoffs with a win at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame on Friday.