Arguably the most electric player in the city is likely out for the season.
In the third quarter of Digital Harbor’s game against Poly Friday night, quarterback Dominic Barnes squirted through a pair of tacklers and ran down the right sideline for 22 yards to the Poly 13 yard line. Barnes, who gets hit frequently and bounces back up, was brought to the turf by Poly defenders.
This time, he wasn’t able to get up. With the game tied at 6-6. Barnes broke his ankle on the play. The injury is serious as coach Keith Rudolph said Barnes will miss the remainder of the season.
Rudolph added the injury was “horrific.” The injury occurred with 10:09 to play in the third quarter. An ambulance arrived on the scene to carry Barnes off the field on a stretcher. Once play resumed 45 minutes later, Poly stopped Digital Harbor’s drive and seized the momentum of the game. Poly won the contest 20-6
“As a team, we have to bounce back and hit the hill,” Rudolph said.
Barnes, a senior, had 80 rushing yards on just five carries before the injury. He also had 29 passing yards and a touchdown. Barnes has dazzled crowds in the first two weeks. Against Patterson, a game stretched out over two days due to a weather delay, he ran for 177 yards, despite being sacked 11 times. This is Barnes’ first year playing high school football as ankle injuries have sidelined him in the past couple of seasons. He’s also a standout on the Rams basketball team. Replacing Barnes at quarterback will be junior Marvin Johnson, who ran with the first team during the offseason.
“Losing (Barnes) hurt us badly,” senior running back Marquis Walker said. “We’re so used to him taking over games for us.”
Here’s a clip of Barnes’ touchdown pass in the second quarter to senior Joshua Lee, courtesy of the Varsity Sports Network:
By Jason Butt