Moorestown senior quarterback Drew Pederson will miss the next 5-8 weeks with a broken ankle, Quakers coach Russ Horton said Sunday night.
Pederson, the son of Eagles' assistant coach Doug Pederson, sustained the injury during a drill in practice early last week. He is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery on Monday, Horton said.
"He's our leader," Horton said. "The kid is tremendous."
The 6-4, 195-pound Pederson was an All-South Jersey defensive back last season, when he made eight interceptions.
But he's a top quarterback with a strong arm who waited his turn to play the position behind former Moorestown standout Andrew Lisa, now a freshman at Penn.
"I think he's a D-I quarterback but he needs game film," Horton said. "Now he's not going to get any early in the year. I feel so bad for the kid."
Pederson was set to the trigger man of Horton's no-huddle, spread offense. The Quakers have a top lineman in Temple-bound Shane Rafter and playmakers on the edges in Anthony Bonett and Sid Ruffin.
Horton said junior Tyreek Robinson will move into the starting quarterback position. Robinson also plays safety on defense.
Horton said Pederson hopes to be back by October but that timetable likely will depend on Monday's surgery as well as his rehabilitation.
A member of the WJFL Constitution Division, Moorestown plays a difficult schedule. The Quakers' first five games: Seneca (9/7), Delsea (9/14), Camden Catholic (9/21), Cherry Hill East (9/28) and Timber Creek (10/5).
Three of those teams -- Delsea, Camden Catholic and Timber Creek -- are expected to be in the South Jersey preseason Top 10.
-- Phil Anastasia