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Campolindo’s Stephens out for season

Campolindo quarterback Brett Stephens, who led the Cougars to the North Coast Section Division III title in 2011, will miss the rest of the season with a left shoulder injury he suffered in the Cougars’ 35-14 win over Miramonte on Sept. 28.

Stephens, who threw for 2,977 yards and 31 touchdowns last season, had the shoulder examined recently, and it was discovered there were nerve issues. Surgery will not be required but Stephens said the shoulder needed time to heal.

“It’s pretty devastating,” said Stephens, who had thrown for 1,334 yards and 15 touchdowns this season as Campolindo got off to a 5-1 start.

Campolindo coach Kevin Macy said Stephens had been practicing as recently as Tuesday. Stephens can still throw a football, but doctors did not want for the shoulder to absorb any more contact.

Stephens said he will be ready to play baseball in the spring. He has committed to UCLA for baseball.

Replacing Stephens as Campolindo’s quarterback will be junior Andrew Zolintakis. The Cougars host Las Lomas this week.

Phil Jensen

  • DJ

    Big Blow to Campo still a solid team don’t know how far they can go without Stephens

  • ROEPER

    D3 is wide open

  • ROEPER

    I put stephens ahead of Geoff at the QB position. Wow.

  • ManDown

    This takes Campo out of the race in Div 3. Good luck to you in your future Mr. Stephans. You were one of my favorite players this season.

  • FNL680

    Goff, even though his dad played MLB, is on the football route, while Stephens was committed to baseball at the next level. No doubt both of them, just like BOD’s QB, are very talented playing both sports through HS , but had to choose for the next level as juniors based on how camps and showcases are scheduled for the two sports; busy-incredibly busy summers. There is a stereotype that baseball players are pretty smart, which seems to translates well to Offensive leadership. I hope both Stephens and Miroglio (ironically both UCLA) respond well to treatment. Hey Bill.

  • MiraMan

    Huge loss for Campo. A kid I would rank as the best HS football player I’ve had the privledge of seeing play. He’s the whole package: physical gifts, smarts and a killer instinct.

    The one negative in this has to be directed at Coach Macy. I was watching the waning minutes of the Miramonte game with Campo up 35-14 and wondering why Macy would leave Stephens in when clearly they had the game won late Q3 or early Q4. Sure enough he stayed in and took the final knee. I don’t know if he was injured late in the game, but it sounds like it might have been. From what I can tell this is pretty standard that Stephens stays in for almost all of the game regardless of score. Now Campo finds themselves with no star QB and no backup with any snaps under his belt. With all the praise that has been heaped upon Coach Macy, one has to question the wisdom of overplaying such a key player.

  • http://www.essvial.com Melon

    There was no indication that Brett was injured in the Miramonte game. Besides, even if coach Macy pulled Brett from the game, he would have never left the field. Thats Brett.

  • N-Ya

    Thanks Stephens for 2 Instant Classic battles vs EC!!! You battled all night, wishing you a speedy recovery!!! Best wishes to you on the next level…

  • sportsfan

    MiraMan you have no idea what you are talking about. You have no facts about Brett’s injury nor Macy’s understanding of it and yet you speculate as if you do. I have seen you comment before. Everyone (including you) would be well served if you take a moment to consider what’s bouncing around your dome next time before you commit it to writing.

  • MiraMan

    Sportsfan,

    Please read the article that this blog is attached to. In it there is a reference to Stephens’ injury being sustained in the Miramonte game. I certainly was not in the doctor’s office at the moment of diagnosis, but I certainly didn’t make it up. Relevant section copied for your easy reference:

    “Campolindo quarterback Brett Stephens, who led the Cougars to the North Coast Section Division III title in 2011, will miss the rest of the season with a left shoulder injury he suffered in the Cougars’ 35-14 win over Miramonte on Sept. 28.”

    By the way, that’s not really the gist of my comment. Many coaches continue to play key players to the end of a game in which the outcome has been decided. Coach Macy is not the first nor worst offender, but I stand by my comment that he definitely left his star QB and franchise player in harms way beyond what I would have done. That’s not speculation, that’s my opinion!

  • sportsfan

    MiraMan, I submit that you read too much into what the article actually said and what Macy knew and didn’t know with respect to Brett’s injury. You immediately lept to the conclusion that Brett might have been injured late in the game and sumarily blamed Macy for being selfish by leaving his star player in. You said, “I don’t know if he was injured late in the game, but it sounds like it might have been. From what I can tell this is pretty standard that Stephens stays in for almost all of the game regardless of score. Now Campo finds themselves with no star QB and no backup with any snaps under his belt. With all the praise that has been heaped upon Coach Macy, one has to question the wisdom of overplaying such a key player.” You have absolutley zero facts to make that satement. That’s the point that I disagree with you about and that’s my opinion!

  • WacPride

    Let’s take a look at when MiraMan comments over the last few seasons.

    He gets excited and writes whenever he gets a chance to criticize Encinal or Campolindo. Miramonte isn’t very good but they will handle Campolindo or the Jets will lose this game or that game. (Apparently all the wins over the last few years by Encinal and Camplindo have been luck and not because of good players, good coaching and good systems).

    Lets take a look at when we don’t hear from MiraMan: After Encinal beats them in the playoffs last year or after Campo beats them the last two years.

    MiraMan: don’t talk about situations you nothing about. Especially when you call into question a coaches reputation!

    Go WAC.

  • Voice of Reason

    I certainly wish Brett the best and hope he is healthy enough to play baseball in the spring. His record as a varsity QB the past two seasons is a sterling 19-2. Not too many QB’s at any level can make that claim, unless your name is Bart Houston.

    It must be “All in the Family” at Campolindo with regards to their quarterback situation. The only 2 names that have played the position the past several seasons, including this fall are Stephens & Zolintakis. Brett’s older brother Tommy was the QB from 2007 to 2009. Brett and Nick Zonlintakis shared QB duties in 2010 and now Andrew Zolintakis will QB the rest of this season and next season. That will make 7 years.

  • MiraMan

    VOR,

    I didn’t know that. Check this out…

    Mira had Ross Anderson for at least part of 2009, 2010 and 2011. Mira now has Drew Anderson (no relation to Ross) who started against MC and will likely retake the starter role once healthy. So you could say Drew Anderson for 2012 and likely 2013. Then his younger brother Ryan Anderson currently freshman QB will likely be the next varsity QB for 2014 and 2015. What’s that, 7 years of Andersons?

  • http://aol BigDog

    You don’t leave the star QB in when games are decided late in games. Bart Houston was pulled on many occasions. He suffered a shoulder injury and had an operation after the season, thus redshirting this year at Wisconsin. A lot of people were ragging on Bart but he most likely was playing somewhat hurt.
    Campo coaching staff, should have the backup ready and he should have been taking lots of snaps in some of those blowouts and deciding games. He is their future for next year. Who cares what Mr. Stephens wants in not coming out. Who’s the coach- Macy or Stephens. For the player’s health and welfare he should have been taken out. Did the trainer see that? Is there a doctor on the sidelines? That’s all MiraMan is saying.

  • FB Guru

    The youngest of the three Stephens brothers is current QBing the Frosh team. In HS FB these type of injuries really take there toll on a team. Not only does Campo lose Stephens but they lose one of their best WR and it will be interesting to see if Macy let’s Zolintakis continue to play DB? One injury and Campo has three holes to fill.

  • redandblue2

    Considering Stephens handed off the ball the last 2 series in the 4th quarter of the Miramonte game when the game was essentially over, the “injury” did not happen at that juncture. In fact, the injury was to his left (non-throwing) shoulder.

    Though Zolintakis did not QB in the Miramonte game, he has quarterbacked in 3 of the 6 games Campo has played this season. Zolintakis’s primary postion has been safety though he did catch 4 passes this season in limited time as a wide receiver. Campo has depth at the WR position, but will need to find someone to fill his spot at the safety position.

    Finally, Brett’s younger brother Jack is a sophomore and is the JV quarterback. They currently are undefeated as well. It wouldn’t surprise me if they brought him up to back up Zonlintakis on varsity.

  • MiraMan

    I saw the Campo/Las Lomas game tonight. Even without Stephens, Campo looked pretty good. Their O-line was pushing LL around and the passing game was generally short but effective. Zolintakis did a very good job of managing the game.

    On the other side, I don’t get LL. They come off a big win and have a unbelievable opportunity to topple Campo, but they come out and play like they’re hung over. Also, Campo owes a big debt of gratitude to the LL coaches who gave them an easy 7 right before halftime. About 1:45 left and LL gets the ball inside their own 20. Instead of running the clock out and taking the lead into halftime, they get a penalty, throw a lame pass, then get an intentional grounding call. Finally they punt from the back of the endzone giving Campo great field position with over 1 minute left. Campo capitalizes and goes up at the half.

  • redandblue2

    While Zolintakis will not make people forget about Stephens anytime soon, he is now 11-0 as a starting QB at the JV & Varsity level. As expected, Macy didn’t ask too much of his Junior QB, but he did complete a 50 yard pass in the air in his first drive, and finished it off with a 7 yard keeper for his first varsity TD. He showed great poise and though conventional wisdom has Campo not going as deep in the playoffs without Stephens, Zolintakis will have 3 more games under his belt by the time playoffs start.

    Even without Stephens, Campo will be favored in their last 3 league games against Dublin, Alhambra & Dougherty Valley and have a chance to go 9-1 heading into the playoffs. Best case scenario puts them in the #4 seed unless they are positioned behind either BOD and/or Analy which could drop them to #6. Who knows, if they somehow make it to the semi-finals, I guarantee neither Marin Catholic, Cardinal Newman or El Cerrito will be too happy to see them.

  • FNL680

    At what juncture was Houston injured? A labrum issue would lend credence to a year recuperating. That’s a tough deal with three other frosh QBs, a redshirt frosh QB and three upperclassmen Badgers.

  • Prep Fan

    That too bad about Houston. Could that be why he was still in there throwing passes in the last 2 minutes against Cal last year in game #10, despite DLS leading by 21 points? To see if he could still throw the ball despite pain, and see if he could handle the playoffs? I sure hope that isn’t when he got hurt. He’s a good kid, and I wish him the best at Wisconsin.

  • junior

    @21- No, Lad was trying to run up the score.