Cardinal Gibbons will have to continue its run through the Class 5A football playoffs without its starting quarterback.
Senior Nik Scalzo, a Kentucky Wildcats commit, announced Wednesday that he tore his ACL during the Chiefs’ 30-27 win last week over Orlando Jones in the Region 4-5A semifinals. He is out for the rest of the postseason, including Friday’s highly anticipated rematch against Plantation American Heritage for a spot in the state semifinals.
“Played my last high school football game this past Friday. Unfortunately I tore my ACL. Praying for a quick and speedy recovery,” Scalzo wrote on Twitter. “Can’t wait to watch and cheer my boys on Friday. Once a Chief, always a Chief #CB4L This is only the beginning... #bbn can’t wait to be a wildcat!”
Scalzo sustained the injury in the second half, missed one drive, and returned to the field with the injured knee to lead the game-winning touchdown drive, one that ended with Scalzo handing the ball off to running back Vincent Taylor for a 15-yard touchdown with 6:48 left to play. Jones’ attempt at a game-tying field goal in the final minute was no good.
Scalzo has been Cardinal Gibbons’ starting quarterback for the past three years, leading the Chiefs to a 32-6 record in that span.
With Scalzo sidelined, backup quarterback sophomore Brody Palhegyi will start against American Heritage on Friday night.