By Phil Anastasia
Penns Grove senior Anthony Robertson, one of South Jersey's top returning players, likely will miss the start of the season with a knee injury.
Robertson, who led South Jersey in scoring last season with 236 points, injured his right knee during a recent Penns Grove practice.
He attended Penns Grove's scrimmage against Kingsway on Friday in street clothes, with an ice pack on his knee.
Robertson said doctors have told him he's likely to miss around a month. But he said that prognosis was subject to change as he's scheduled to undergo an MRI for a closer look at the damage.
Penns Grove coach Kemp Carr said he hoped Robertson would be back within 2-4 weeks.
Penns Grove opens the season Sept. 14 against WJFL Diamond Division and SJ Group 1 rival Glassboro.
"It's better that it happens now rather than in the middle of the season," Carr said.
Robertson ran for 1,244 yards and 28 TDs last season as Penns Grove went 12-0 and won the SJ Group 1 title.
Robertson also is a top linebacker. He made 80 tackles last season with three interceptions and scored five defensive touchdowns.
With 35 TDs and 26 two-point conversions, Robertson led SJ in scoring last season with 236 points.
Robertson converted to quarterback for this season. He was coming off a strong summer, having led PG to the title in the West Deptford 7-on-7 passing league.
Sophomore Marcus Hill started at QB for Penns Grove against Kingsway.
"We're still a seasoned team," Carr said. "We still fly around the ball on defense. We'll be OK. We'll follow our defense."
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