In the past two seasons, Bishop Gorman senior Michael Geraghty has racked up nearly as many injuries as games played.
That’s three dislocated shoulders, two broken feet and nine games played if you’re scoring at home.
Now that Geraghty finally is healthy, the 6-foot-2-inch, 243-pound defensive end is displaying the skills that made him one of the state’s top prospects entering the season.
Geraghty is expected to start up front for the Gaels (13-0) on Saturday when they visit Reed (13-0) in a Division I state semifinal.
“It’s fun to see a guy like that come back,” Gorman coach Kenny Sanchez said. “Our team votes for captains and he was one of the four they voted for, and that’s from a guy who didn’t even play his junior year.”
Geraghty had a strong sophomore season for Gorman, making 4½ sacks, and started to garner interest from several Football Bowl Subdivison schools. But in March 2014, Geraghty slipped during a conditioning drill and suffered a dislocated shoulder.
He dislocated the shoulder a second time at a team camp that June and again in July before undergoing surgery in August 2014. Geraghty spent the next four months rehabilitating and watched as Gorman captured the mythical national championship.
“I’ve been on varsity since freshman year, so you love seeing them have success and winning a national championship,” Geraghty said, “but it definitely lit a fire in my heart a little bit.”
Geraghty was expected to play a key role for the Gaels’ defensive line this season, but he suffered a stress fracture in his foot during training camp this summer and aggravated the injury in the opener against Chandler (Ariz.).
Geraghty missed three weeks and returned for Gorman’s game against Servite (Calif.) on Sept. 25. He has totaled 12 tackles, including 5½ for losses, and two sacks as a senior.
Geraghty is a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com and ranked as the state’s No. 5 prospect in class of 2016. He has offers from Army and Columbia and also is being recruited by Dartmouth, Navy and Princeton.
“Back in January, I had rust of being in the team dynamic,” Geraghty said. “I kind of got out of routine with my brothers and all that stuff. After a couple months, I got that back, and then once we hit the field it was like nothing changed.”
GORMAN LOSES NO. 1 RANKING — Bishop Gorman’s football team fell from the top spot in MaxPreps’ Xcellent 25 national rankings following its 28-10 victory over Arbor View and is No. 3 in this week’s poll.
The Gaels were replaced at No. 1 by St. John Bosco (Calif.), while Corona (Calif.) Centennial moved up one spot to No. 2. Those teams could meet Dec. 5 in the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Pac 5 Division final.
Gorman, which defeated Bosco and Centennial last season, remains No. 1 in USA Today’s Super 25 poll.
DELGADO STEPS DOWN — Joe Delgado, who turned Mojave’s moribund football program into a contender in the Division I-A Sunset League, resigned after five seasons.
Delgado went 26-23 with the Rattlers, including a 6-4 mark this season. He guided Mojave to three playoff appearances and the school’s lone postseason victory when the Rattlers beat Desert Pines 42-28 in 2012 to open the Division I-A Southern Region playoffs.
Delgado’s son Jaylen was a senior wide receiver/defensive back for the Rattlers this season.
POLL POSITIONS — Arbor View’s girls soccer team, the four-time defending large-school state champion, finished at No. 5 in the final USA Today/NSCAA Region VI poll. State runner-up Coronado was No. 15.
Green Valley’s boys soccer team was No. 15 in the final Region VIII poll.
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