SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

Just days before the start of the high school football season, Santa Barbara suffered a big loss.

Star wide receiver Christopher 'Tic" Jellison needs surgery for his leg that he initially hurt late last year against San Marcos.

Jellison is expected to miss at least six weeks following surgery.

The senior was sure to be quarterback Jeremiah Nicholson's favorite target.

Santa Barbara opens the year Friday at Saugus.