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Wildcats’ Hamiton suffers broken collarbone

Mountain View’s playoff victory over Potomac Friday night came at a high price.

Star receiver/defensive back DaeShawn Hamilton suffered a suspected broken collarbone late in the Wildcats’ 14–13 victory over Potomac. He is not expected to play next Saturday when Mountain View visits North Stafford in the Northwest Region, Division 5 championship game.

“It’s a big loss for us,” Mountain View coach Lou Sorrentino said. “He was our iron guy. He never came off the field, and he was usually the best player on the field, on either side of the ball. We’ll just have to regroup.”

Hamilton was voted Commonwealth District offensive player of the year by the league’s coaches. He caught 64 passes for 1,067 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior and made two important receptions late in Friday’s semifinal win over Potomac to help the Wildcats run out the clock.

Sorrentino said he thinks Hamilton suffered the injury on a key third-down catch. He stayed in the game and later made a fourth-down reception.

Hamilton probably will not need surgery, and he remains one of the state’s top uncommitted prospects, with Virginia Tech and Virginia among his favorites. But his high school career is likely over.

“I’ve never heard of anyone playing with a broken collarbone,” Sorrentino said. “And he has a really bright future. I would never do anything to jeopardize it.”

—Steve DeShazo