Wednesday was a good day for Damon Warren as he had stitches removed from his surgically repaired left leg.
“The doctor said I was healing up great,” said Warren, a senior at Sumner Memorial High School of East Sullivan who resides in Franklin.
Most days haven’t been quite as good for Warren since Nov. 1 when he suffered a broken leg while leading the school’s top-ranked boys soccer team into its Class C North semifinal against George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill.
The game was in its early stages at Husson University in Bangor when Sumner sophomore Caelen Billings sent a pass forward through the GSA defense to Warren, already the third-leading goal scorer in Maine schoolboy soccer history with 113 goals.
Warren and the GSA goalie both sprinted toward the ball, and while Warren was able to shoot the ball under the goalie and into the net with his right foot, the ensuing contact between the players resulted in breaks of both the tibia and fibula of his lower left leg.
“That’s what I do all the time,” the 5-foot-10, 150-pound Warren said of his charge toward the goal. “I was doing that and the goalie was trying to stop me from scoring, and we pretty much got there at the same time. I should have jumped over him, I usually do.
“I knew exactly what had happened right then and that it was broken.”
Adding insult to the literal injury, Warren’s shot into the goal didn’t count because he was ruled offside on the play.
“They said I was behind the defense when [Billings] kicked it, but we have video footage that showed I wasn’t offside,” he said.
Ernie Clark is a veteran sportswriter who has worked with the Bangor Daily News for more than a decade. A four-time Maine Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters...
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