Broward High Schools

Cardinal Gibbons QB to miss the rest of high school playoffs after tearing ACL

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.

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