Los Angeles Preps: Nicolas Cotton
October, 28, 2011
By Dan Arritt | ESPNLosAngeles.com
LA PUENTE—One standout player returned from a knee injury Friday night, while another hobbled away on crutches.
Chaz Anderson of Loyola, injured four weeks ago in a non-league loss to Upland, returned to provide a lift against Bishop Amat in a Serra League game. The Boise State-bound receiver and defensive back caught a key third-down pass late in the first half to set up Loyola’s second touchdown in a 14-3 victory at Bishop Amat.
Just minutes before the reception, Bishop Amat quarterback Rio Ruiz had to be helped off the field after suffering a left knee injury when he was sacked by Loyola linebacker Bryan Christensen.
Ruiz, expected to be selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft in June, watched the remainder of the game from the sideline, a large ice bag taped to his knee and his leg supported with crutches. The shortstop and right-handed pitcher homered at Dodger Stadium in June to lead the Lancers to the SS-Division 4 title.
Bishop Amat coach Steve Hegarty did not have an update on Ruiz’s injury at the end of the game, but his mother, Dolores Ruiz, said at halftime that she didn’t believe the injury was serious.
Even with Ruiz in the game, the Lancers struggled to move the ball and couldn’t do much in the second half as sophomore Koa Haynes took over behind center.
"It wasn't pretty, but we'll take it," said Loyola coach Mike Christensen.