Posted: 8:31 am Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Boca Raton QB Kevin Anderson (broken collarbone) to miss rest of 2012 

By Matt Porter

Boca Raton is looking for a new quarterback after receiving the news senior Kevin Anderson will miss the rest of the season due to a broken collarbone.

Boca Raton quarterback Kevin Anderson, shown in a 2011 game against Glades Central, has thrown his last high school pass. (Taylor Jones/The Palm Beach Post)

Boca Raton quarterback Kevin Anderson, shown in a 2011 game against Glades Central, has thrown his last high school pass. (Taylor Jones/The Palm Beach Post)

Anderson, who is verbally committed to Marshall, suffered the injury shortly before halftime of Boca’s 40-17 loss to Dillard on Friday. As Boca tried to finish a scoring drive, Anderson carried the ball and was tripped, stumbled and fell on his shoulder inside the 5-yard line.

Boca coach Lewis Burnham said the break was fairly clean. Anderson is expected to be in a sling for six to eight weeks. As such, the injury will not affect his college plans.

“Luckily it’s not a blown out knee of anything, so I’m thankful for that,” Anderson said. “It’s just depressing now that I have to watch from the sideline.”

According to Burnham, Marshall’s recruiter for Palm Beach County, assistant coach JaJuan Seider, told Anderson they still want signature on a letter of intent.

“Coach Seider’s heart was out for Kevin,” Burnham said. “For someone who’s worked hard his whole life and done pretty much everything right, to lose the rest of his senior year is tough.”

Burnham said Anderson plans to use just one of his five official visits and travel to Marshall the weekend of Friday, Nov. 2.

Anderson, who had thrown for 509 yards and five touchdowns on 40-of-81 passing, will not be easily replaced. A 6-foot-2, 200-pound pocket passer, Anderson helped the Bobcats score 112 points (eighth among large schools) through four games.

Burnham said he’s considering several options in advance of Friday’s home game against John I. Leonard, the first of Boca’s three District 10-8A games.

One possibility is sophomore backup L.J. Smith, who relieved Anderson after his injury. Another is senior defensive back Tard McCoy, a former baseball pitcher with “natural arm strength,” Burnham said. Senior

“We like our run game with our offensive line and Cecil Johnson,” Burnham said. “We’re looking at a few things. … That’s our job to figure out.”

Though he won’t be able to play, Anderson said he hopes to inspire his teammates from the sideline.

“I still believe in my team,” he said. “I just need to make them believe in themselves.”