Several weeks ago the Courier and several other papers reported St. Charles North senior standout Jonathan DeMoss would miss the rest of the football season and a good portion of the basketball campaign.
Then DeMoss surfaced in the North Stars' game against St. Charles East last week, making a long catch early in the contest.
Was this a surprise? Yes and no.
It turns out DeMoss never traveled to Alabama to meet with famed surgeon Dr. James Andrews. Instead, DeMoss met with a doctor in the Chicago area, who gave a prognosis that should allow DeMoss to play during the basketball season.
Apparently there is ligament damage in DeMoss' left elbow, but undergoing surgery would keep the 6-foot-4 standout sidelined until March 15, effectively wiping out the four-year varsity member's senior basketball season.
With the injury hindering DeMoss' left elbow on his non-shooting arm, the decision was made to try to tough it out for the winter. One source close to the decision went so far as to joke that the situation will keep DeMoss from picking up silly reach-in fouls with that left arm during the season, potentially keeping the forward on the floor for longer periods of time.
This was without a doubt welcome news for North boys basketball coach Tom Poulin, who welcomes back a host of talented players from the squad that finished 17-12 and advanced to a regional title game last year.
Now, back to the question of whether DeMoss' appearance in Friday's football game against East was a surprise. I'll say yes, that qualifies as a surprise.
DeMoss was in arm sling only weeks before, but the desire to play in his team's biggest game of the year against the crosstown rival Saints took precedence. The one-armed bandit as I'll call DeMoss made a 41-yard reception on a pass from quarterback Sean McGushin early in that game, but his presence only helped so much as East went on to win 21-0.
North coach Mark Gould said DeMoss' status for upcoming games remains in question. The North Stars can clinch a playoff spot with a win against Neuqua Valley this week, and whether we'll see DeMoss on the football field again this year remains to be seen.