September 12, 2011
More injuries woes for top-ranked Grant: Shine, Iulio out for 4-5 weeks

They are running out of ice packs and doctor's forms in Del Paso Heights.

The top-ranked Grant Pacers, already down two starting linemen and without top linebacker Abnor Toma with season-ending knee injuries, absorbed some more bad news on the medical front.

Late last week, standout linebacker Jonathan Iulio had to undergo emergency surgery on his right hand for an infection. He is out for at least a month. Today, the Pacers learned that second-year starting quarterback Terry Shine suffered a broken right passing hand from when he hit a helmet on a pass Saturday during a 40-8 win against Burbank.

The senior could miss at least five weeks.

"Iulio's the heart and soul of our defense," Grant coach Mike Alberghini said. "We've never had this many crazy injuries like this. We'll just keep battling."

Shaq Thompson filled in at quarterback during the fourth quarter against Burbank, taking shot-gun snaps and snaps under center. Blessed with a strong arm, he just missed on two 50-yard touchdown strikes. Thompson is also a devastating runner no matter where he lines up.

Grant plays at Lincoln of Stockton on Saturday at 3 p.m. Lincoln is 3-0, the biggest win coming against previous Bee No. 1 Pleasant Grove 50-49 in double overtime.

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