With Paul Jones at quarterback, the Sto-Rox High School football team was expected to make some noise in WPIAL Class AA this season.
But Jones might not be heard from this season.
Considered one of the top quarterbacks in the state and a Penn State recruit, he could miss his senior year after sustaining a broken left ankle in a pickup basketball Thursday.
Jones had surgery on his ankle yesterday at Children's Hospital.
His father, also named Paul, said at worst his son will miss four-to-six months.
"The best-case scenario is that he can get out and start moving around, maybe three, four games into the season," said Jones' father.
The elder Jones said the family decided to have the surgery.
"Instead of leaving it go and healing in a cast, we decided to go ahead and have it fixed now," said Jones' father.
Some scouting services rank Jones among the top 10 quarterbacks in the country. He was the second-leading passer in the WPIAL last season behind Seneca Valley's C.J. Brown, who will play at Maryland this year. Jones, who made a verbal commitment to Penn State in January, completed 107 of 167 passes for 1,790 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Jones also was one of Sto-Rox's top basketball players.
"People have said, 'Why was he playing basketball?' " said Jones' father. "Because he's 17 years old and he is an athlete. You can't have kids live in a bubble."
No matter what happens with Jones' senior season, he will still have the scholarship to Penn State.
"His spirits are as good as can be, considering the situation," said Jones' father. "I told him when it's all said and done, he'll look back and see that this will make him a stronger person."
"People have said, 'Why was he playing basketball?' Because he's 17 years old and he is an athlete. You can't have kids live in a bubble."
-- Father of Penn State recruit Paul Jones