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Football: Lakewood's Stone in 'serious' legal trouble

August 23, 2009 |  1:39 pm

Lakewood senior running back Jerry Stone is in juvenile hall after allegedly committing a serious criminal offense Friday, according to Lancers Coach Thadd MacNeal.

MacNeal declined to provide specifics out of respect for the Stone family's privacy but described the matter as "serious" and said Stone would not play for Lakewood this season.

"It's a really sad deal," MacNeal said. "He's a fantastic player."

The loss of Stone, a first-team All-Moore League selection as a junior who rushed for 1,671 yards and 18 touchdowns while averaging eight yards per carry, will surely cause Lakewood to drop in preseason polls. Stone caused the Lancers to forfeit four victories last year after it was determined that he had played while ineligible.

It is the second consecutive year Lakewood lost a top returning running back after Alex Fletcher transferred to St. John Bosco prior to the 2008 season. Stone was considered among the best running backs in California heading into this year.

--Ben Bolch