Christ School has lost starting quarterback Navy Shuler for the season due to an elbow injury suffered last week in a 49-9 win over Rabun Gap (Ga.).
A sophomore and the son of former Swain High and NFL QB Heath Shuler, Navy had thrown for seven touchdowns in less than two games for the Greenies (6-0) after returning from the elbow injury that caused him to miss the first three games of the season.
He reinjured his right elbow in the first half of the Rabun Gap game and had successful surgery on Monday, said Greenies coach Mike Moroz.
“He’s out for the season,” said Moroz. “From what I understand it will be 90 days and then he can throw again.
“It’s a shame because he was off to such a great start, but he’s just a sophomore and he will have plenty of time to come back.”
Shuler completed 12 of 14 passes for 334 yards and the seven scores this season before the injury.
His replacement at quarterback is his cousin West Shuler, who has completed 31 of 47 passes for 462 yards and six TDs for the Greenies, who are ranked fifth in the WLOS WNC Football Top 10 Poll.
Christ School’s top offensive player has been running back Sidney Gibbs, the Owen High transfer who is averaging 16.7 yards per carry this season.
Gibbs ran for 322 yards in the win over Rabun Gap. In five games he has rushed 73 times for 1,222 yards and nine touchdowns.
The Greenies, who have reached the NCISAA state title game each of the past two seasons and three times in the last five years, plays at Charlotte Latin on Friday night.
“West is also our middle linebacker and now he is going to have to play both ways, but having him at quarterback really opens up our offense,” said Moroz.
“He throws the ball well but he is a threat to run the ball as well. “
Moroz said leading receiver Keyvaun Cobb (13 catches, 199 yards) will also get some snaps at quarterback in the Wildcat formation.