Barons' Hess injured at scrimmage

St. Petersburg Catholic receiver suffered a slight tear to the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Published May 24, 2007

St. Petersburg Catholic receiver Darin Hess suffered a slight tear to the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound senior-to-be got hurt in the Barons' intrasquad scrimmage Friday night, but tests Wednesday revealed no damage to the meniscus.

Hess said the injury won't require surgery, and after two intense months of rehab, he should be ready to go when practice starts back in August.

Hess, who has received interest from USF, Boston College and Eastern Kentucky, will play running back/slot receiver and defensive end for the Barons.

"With that little span of a minute I'm laying on the field - my whole career flashed in front of me, " Hess said of getting hurt. "I was freaking out."

SIGNING: St. Petersburg High safety Jernois Bradberry has signed to play at the University of the Cumberlands Williamsburg, Ky., an NAIA program in the Mid-South Conference.

Bradberry earned second-team all-Pinellas County Athletic Conference honors last season. He'll join a program that went 8-3 last year and was ranked 21st nationally in the final poll. Bradberry will also run track, according to St. Petersburg High football coach Joe Fabrizio.

SPRING CLASSIC: There will be two spring games tonight, with Pinellas Park at Keswick Christian at 6, and Dixie Hollins traveling to Sarasota at 7:30. On Friday night, Osceola will play at Springstead at 7:30.

Joe Smith can be reached at joesmith@sptimes.com or at (727) 893-8129.