The Upper Arlington High School football team will begin OCC-Central Division play without its starting quarterback, and the Golden Bears might not have him for the rest of the season.

Senior Sammy Sass suffered what coach Joel Cutler called a “significant” collarbone injury during the first quarter of UA’s 29-28 loss to Lancaster on Sept. 21, although he stopped short of saying it was broken and would not put a time frame on how long Sass might be out.

“Without going into too much detail, Sammy has a significant collarbone injury and it doesn’t look good for the near future,” Cutler said Sept. 22. “It’s a tough blow.”

Sass was injured at the end of a long run in the first quarter. Two Lancaster defensive backs sandwiched him near the goal line, causing the injury.

“He was trying to get into the end zone and he was splitting the safeties when they went to tackle him. They both fell on his shoulders when he hit the turf,” Cutler said.

Sass’ backup, junior Jacob Leve, completed four of eight passes for 56 yards against the Golden Gales.

UA fell to 2-3 with the loss and will play host to Westland in its OCC-Central opener Sept. 28.

Sass, who has completed 42 of 76 passes for 616 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions and has rushed for 155 yards and four touchdowns on 32 carries this season, also missed much of last baseball season because of a broken left thumb — on his non-throwing hand — suffered in April.

Sass has committed to play baseball at Wright State.

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