Rochester Adams quarterback Matt Sokol was lost for the season in the Highlanders' defeat of Farmington Friday night. Sokol, a Michigan State-commit, broke his leg in the fourth quarter following a near-300 yards personally chewed up on the ground. (Oakland Press photo file)
FOOTBALL: Sokol out for year, Adams' win Friday turns out bittersweet
ROCHESTER HILLS – Rochester Adams star football player Matt Sokol had his high school career come to an end Friday evening in his team’s 42-21 victory at home over league-foe Farmington.
Sokol (6-foot-5, 225-pounds), Adams' second-year starting quarterback who is committed to play in college at Michigan State as a tight end, broke his leg and dislocated his ankle in the fourth quarter, after rushing for 290 yards and a touchdown run.
Fortunately, Sokol’s prognosis for a full-recovery is very good.
Adams head coach Tony Patritto confirmed that Sokol is out for the remainder of the season to the media on Sunday.
“Long-term, Matt’s going to be alright,” Patrito said. “His playing in college is not in jeopardy.”
In the six games he played, Sokol rushed for 775 yards and scored seven touchdowns, leading the Highlanders to a 4-2 record.
He committed to Michigan State back in May, on the heels of a whirlwind offseason where he had is recruiting stock soar in the wake of him announcing he'd be willing to play tight end at the next level.
Last season as a junior, Sokol threw for 1,252 yards and 12 touchdowns at the signal-caller position.
Patritto and his club are trying to return to the playoffs after a rare absence in 2012. Prior to last year, Adams had qualified for the postseason in 13 consecutive campaigns.
The Highlanders’ community hosted a 10-year reunion for Patritto’s 2003 state-title team Friday at halftime of the Farmington game.
With Oakland Activities Association White Division-leader Southfield looming on the horizon in Week 7, the loss of Sokol will hurt the team, however, is not insurmountable. After the Southfield game, Adams will close out the regular-season with last-place Bloomfield Hills in Week 8 and then most-likely a winnable OAA crossover game in the finale.
If Adams can take two of its next three contests, it’s in the playoffs.
Entering Week 7, the Highlanders are tearing it up on the ground, a good sign going forward without their starting field general. Against Farmington, Adams logged more than 500 yards rushing.
Another positive factor leaning towards the Highlanders being able to weather their current storm, is that Sokol's back-up, Joe Prechtel, the club's new starter under center, has seen spot-duty this season and has looked solid.