Mason County High School football star Josh Harris, who has committed to play at the University of Kentucky, suffered a foot injury against Rowan County last Friday and is expected to miss the rest of his senior season.
Royals Coach David Buchanan said Harris was hurt when he went up to catch a pass, came down, and another player stepped on his foot.
The extent of the injury wasn't known for a couple days. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Harris was getting ready to practice Monday, but his foot was so sore he couldn't get his football shoe on.
"That's when we realized we better make sure he was OK," Buchanan said.
A trip to the doctor revealed the injury, which will be further diagnosed this week. But Buchanan expects Harris, a tailback and free safety, to miss the rest of the season.
Buchanan said he'd like to think there's a glimmer of hope that Harris could return this fall, "but he's got a really bright future, and football is so important to that future, we don't want to push it. That wouldn't be smart."
Buchanan said Harris is "torn up" about missing the rest of his senior season.
"Friday nights are a big deal here, and we treasure every Friday night," Buchanan said. "Josh knows his Friday nights are done, and that's hard for him to take. He's such a hard worker, I hate to see him lose that.
"On the flip side, he's going to get well and have a great career at the University of Kentucky. They're going to love him."
Elliott tears ACL
Ryle standout Travis Elliott, who was chasing Shaun Alexander's northern Kentucky rushing record, will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against Cincinnati Colerain on Friday night.
Ryle Coach Bryson Warner said Elliott was hurt while chasing down a Colerain runner. When he tried to stop, his left cleat got caught on the artificial turf.
Elliott had surgery Wednesday morning.
Warner said Elliott, a 5-11, 215-pound running back/linebacker, is handling the injury "just like he played, with tremendous character and toughness. It's not a tragedy to Travis. It's a challenge he'll take on and conquer."
Elliott, who has committed to Western Kentucky, finished his career with 4,745 yards, 1,917 behind the record set by Alexander at Boone County in 1995.
"Travis has a great passion for football and is so dedicated," Warner said. "He'll be back, and Western Kentucky will be the beneficiary of his work ethic."