White Plains will be forced to play Saturday’s Class AA state semifinal game without one of its top players.
Senior Matt Berube suffered two broken bones in his leg during practice on Monday. Berube was injured during special teams drills that included contact but no tackling. A teammate accidentally rolled into the side of Berube’s leg and he suffered a broken tibia and fibula.
The freak injury left the Tigers saddened on Tuesday when they returned to practice without one of their most popular players and leaders. Of course, Berube was also one of the team’s most integral two-way players. He started at both wide receiver and cornerback and was productive at both positions.
During their 20-11 victory over North Rockland in the Class AA championship on Nov. 9, Berube caught a team-high five passes for 92 yards and intercepted a pass on defense. He also returned a blocked field goal 85 yards for a touchdown late in the first half, although it was called back to midfield because of an illegal block.
Berube had successful surgery on Tuesday evening and is expected to make a full recovery.
He should also provide the Tigers an emotional lift on Saturday night. Berube is expected to attend White Plains’ game against Monroe-Woodbury at Dietz Stadium in Kingston.