Daytona Beach Mainland running back and Clemson commitment Marlin LaneJr. made his first appearance of his senior season Friday night against Seminole.
Lane's 2010 debut wasn't spectacular by any means, but having Lane back is a big emotional boost for the Buccaneers, whose coach John Maronto resigned Thursday after being charged with soliciting an undercover officer for sex. The incident happened about two weeks ago and has left this beach resort town in a bit of shock.
Lane had 48 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries but the Bucs fell to Seminole 23-19.
Lane tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last November in a first-round playoff win over Jacksonville Sandalwood. He had surgery this summer, but wasn't expected to see game action until midseason.
"He's been working hard and is ready to get back on the field," said fellow Clemson commit and teammate WR/DB Cortez Davis. "He will be a big boost for us."
Mainland , now 1-3, saw its offense sputter in its first two games without Lane. The Buccaneers failed to score a touchdown in a 14-0 loss to West Point (Miss.) and 16-3 loss to Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast, before shutting out Kissimmee Osceola 20-0 last week.
Lane's primary replacement this season, junior Mookie Lee (5-9/180 and ranked No. 28 in Sentinel Super60 for 2012), has rushed 62 times for 298 yards (99.3 yards per game) and a touchdown.
In nine games last season Lane rushed for 1,066 yards and 10 touchdowns.