Murray's injury headlines Thursday's action

October, 17, 2008

Three FAB 50 teams were in action Thursday night, but the main development wasn't a win or loss but the season-ending injury to FAB 50 No. 31 Plant (Tampa, Fla.) quarterback Aaron Murray, a highly decorated senior who was an Elite 11 selection and has committed to Georgia. According to the Katherine Smith of The Tampa Tribune, the injury will require season-ending surgery. Murray, who had already passed for more than 1,660 yards and 28 TDs this year, broke his left fibula and dislocated his left ankle in the second quarter of Plant's 44-28 homecoming win over Tampa Hillsborough. He'll be replaced by sophomore Phillip Ely.

No. 31 Plant (5-1) 44, Hillsborough (Tampa, Fla.) (5-2) 28
Before his injury, Murray accounted for 300 yards of total offense and four scores in less than a half in the Panthers' fifth straight win, according to The Tampa Tribune.

No. 32 Prattville (7-1) 50, Sidney Lanier (3-5) 20
Jerodis Williams ran for 132 yards and two scores on just nine carries as Prattville topped Lanier to cap off an eighth straight undefeated season in district play. The Montgomery Advertiser has the full rundown.

No. 47 Tulsa Union (6-1) 58, Choctaw (2-5) 0
The Redskins are really beginning to round into form, Glenn Hibdon of the Tulsa World reports. Oklahoma State-bound running back Jeremy Smith led the way Thursday with 157 yards and three TDs on the ground.

Other notes:
• There was a lot of action in Oklahoma on Thursday night, in addition to FAB 50 Union. The Oklahoman's full state scoreboard is here. Of note is 5A No. 1 and ESPN RISE Southwest regionally ranked Guthrie falling to Carl Albert 16-13.

• Nike 7ON finalist Henry County (McDonough, Ga.) continues to roll, as the Warhawks moved to 6-1 with a 36-28 win over Southwest Macon last night. Super junior WR Markeith Ambles caught two TDs in the winning effort.

• LSU-bound Under Armour All-American Russell Shepard certainly put on a show last night, and will be a candidate for ESPN RISE national player of the week honors after he carried 20 times for 375 yards (an astounding 18.8 yards per carry) and five touchdowns in Cypress Ridge's (Houston) 68-21 blowout of Cypress Falls on ESPNU. Shepard also displayed impressive passing skills, completing all 11 of his attempts for 175 yards and two more scores. Watch highlights here.

• The (Charlottesville, Va.) Daily Progress has the story of Fork Union Military Academy's standout junior linebacker Jamal Hunter, who has blossomed in the disciplined lifestyle at the military school. "I always knew what I could do, but there were distractions," Hunter said. "Here there are no distractions, so I can just stay focused."



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