The reigning San Joaquin Athletic Association baseball MVP won't be back to defend his crown this season. Lodi High junior Joey Armstrong, the quarterback of the Flame football team, had surgery last week to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and the recovery time is expected to last six to nine months.
Armstrong tore his ACL on Nov. 26 in Lodi's loss to Pleasant Grove in the semifinals of the Division I Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. Armstrong, the SJAA football MVP who threw for 1,666 yards, ran for 498 more and had his hand in 30 touchdowns for the Flames and also was one of the team's top tacklers as safety, hurt his knee playing defense at the end of the first quarter.
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