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Football: QB Johnny Stanton to have knee surgery [Updated]

September 22, 2012 |  5:28 pm

Santa Margarita quarterback Johnny Stanton has a torn ACL in his left knee and will undergo surgery this coming week, Coach Harry Welch said Saturday.

Asked about the seriousness of the injury, Welch said, "It's very serious. I would say he's done for the season."

Welch said Saturday night on the radio program, "High School Football America SoCal" that an MRI on Saturday confirmed the injury.

Stanton had injured his knee last week, but Welch said it was checked out and he was cleared to play on Friday against St. Bonaventure.

Stanton started to limp in the second half on Friday.

The loss of Stanton is a big blow for Santa Margarita (5-0), ranked No. 1 by The Times. His replacement will be untested junior Josh Canty.

Stanton led Santa Margarita to the CIF state championship Division I bowl victory last season. On Friday against St. Bonaventure, his running and passing keyed a 35-27 victory. He has committed to Nebraska.

He's the school's all-time total offense leader with 5,558 yards and has passed for 3,576 yards. Last season, he rushed for 1,528 yards and scored 25 touchdowns.

-- Eric Sondheimer