April 23, 2018

DeMatha loses 5-star RB MarShawn Lloyd to a broken wrist suffered against Bishop Gorman

MarShawn Lloyd was ready for a breakout sophomore year as DeMatha's feature tailback, but a broken wrist suffered Friday night derails his season. Photo by Austin McFadden/MSA.

Not once, not twice, but for the third year in a row, DeMatha loses a star player for the season to injury.

On Friday night, after the 35-23 loss to reigning national champion Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, Stags running back MarShawn Lloyd told reporter Monet Anderson he suffered a broken wrist and will be forced to have season-ending surgery in the coming days.

“I fell on my arm the wrong way and my wrist is broken in two places, so I have to get surgery,” Lloyd told Anderson prior to the Stags’ opener on Friday night.

Stags coach Elijah Brooks has yet to comment on Lloyd’s injury. We will update this article with Brooks’ reaction as soon as possible.

Lloyd is the third DeMatha playmaker to go down with a season-ending injury the past three seasons. Current Maryland running back Anthony McFarland broke his fibula twice in back-to-back seasons. In 2015, he missed the last half of his junior year, and in 2016, he didn’t play one down as a senior.

D.J. Turner, who is also at Maryland, had to be carted off the field in 2015 after suffering the same injury as McFarland during the Stags’ nationally televised season opener. The same plot unfolded for Lloyd on Friday, who made an admirable debut as DeMatha’s feature back.

Lloyd rushed for 34 yards and a touchdown on eight carries before he exited the game in the second quarter. His 29-yard touchdown run with three minutes left in the first quarter gave DeMatha a 10-0 lead.

For the Stags, history is repeating itself. But even when they lost McFarland and Turner in 2015, and McFarland again in 2016, DeMatha went on to win the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title.

Granted, DeMatha doesn’t have that kind of depth it does in years past, when they had Khory Spruill, Miree and Lloyd to lean on in 2016 when McFarland went down, and then Lorenzo Harrison and Spruill the year before that. 

Lloyd is considered as the top running back prospect in the Class of 2020, and the ninth-best player overall in the class, according to 247sports. He currently holds offers Kentucky, Maryland Rutgers and Virginia Tech. As a freshman in 2016, Lloyd ran for 319 yards and six touchdowns on 33 carries. 

A few weeks ago, Brooks called Lloyd “the most explosive back that I’ve seen come through [at DeMatha]” and tossed around Reggie Bush comparisons.

“Never coached a back like him,” Brooks told 247sports. “You will be hard-pressed to find another sophomore or junior back better. Most explosive back to come through DeMatha the last 20 years.”

“If you remember Reggie Bush at USC, he’s like that, but [Marshawn] is 210.”

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DeMatha will most likely turn to junior tailback Myles Miree to shoulder the load. Miree mustered 31 yards on 13 carries Friday and ran for over 700 yards a year ago. He also caught the game-winning touchdown pass in the 2016 WCAC title game against St. John’s (D.C.). Dominic Logan-Nealy, a 5-foot-8 junior, could be next in line to see carries.

Led by quarterback Ty Lenhart and linemen Austin Fontaine and Evan Gregory (both Maryland commits), the Stags entered this weekend No. 1 our power rankings, sixth nationally by the USA TODAY and 13th nationally by MaxPreps. At this point, it’s all but certain they take a stock hit.

This story will be updated.

About Kyle McFadden 416 Articles
Kyle McFadden is a graduate from Linganore High School's Class of 2014, a sports junkie and general news-hound. He got his start as a sports writer in January 2014 for Linganore's student-run newspaper The Lance, where he wrote 13 articles. McFadden then launched his own blog in October 2014 called The Beltway Dispatch covering collegiate, local high school and professional sports. Formally known as The Beltway Dispatch, McFadden and Evan Engelhard merged respective platforms in June 2015 to make what is now Maryland Sports Access. With baseball, basketball and golf experience, McFadden brings ample knowledge to the helm of MSA. McFadden covers a wide variety of sports in football, baseball, basketball, golf, hockey, lacrosse, soccer and specializes in the collegiate and high school levels. McFadden volunteers his time at Damascus Road Community Church -- serving as a mentor to the youth, basketball coach at the varsity and junior varsity levels, and leads a small group of high school sophomores every Wednesday night. Although he's only been around journalism since January 2014, he's a high school sports reporter for The Baltimore Sun and freelancer for The Frederick News-Post. McFadden's work has also appeared in DMV newspapers The Aegis, The Capital Gazette, The Daily Times (Delmarva Now), The Hometown Observer, Howard County Times, Germantown Pulse and The Towson Times. He's also won two Mike Powell Excellence in Journalism awards and has appeared on The Best of SNO, which showcases top student work of high school and college journalists. McFadden currently studies at Frederick Community College and plans to transfer to the University of Maryland in the fall of 2018 to work on a bachelor's degree in journalism with aspirations to be a national college basketball writer.
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