Williston-Elko defeated Fox Creek Thursday night 38-0 to win the region title. The Blue Demons did so without the presence of star running back and USC commitment Kendrick Salley.
Salley suffered a torn ACL and has missed the last three games.
“He was making a cut, a plant, and didn’t even get hit,” said his coach Dwayne Garrick. “He was running the toss sweep to the right.”
Salley, who has rushed for about 1,200 yards this season and has 94 career touchdowns, will need surgery. But he will wait on that until after his season.
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“He’s going to do some rehab and wear a brace and play,” Garrick said.
Salley has been in touch with his Gamecock recruiter Jay Graham, and Garrick also plans to contact USC in a week or so just to make sure the commitment from that end is still there.
“I would think so, hope so,” Garrick said. “Once he gets it repaired, he is as good as new. I just want them to be up front and 100 percent clear.”
Salley was not picked for the Shrine Bowl, and the injury and pending surgery means he will forgo a chance to play in the North-South game.
Garrick also said his former Shrine Bowl linebacker Dexter Staley remains in Williston attempting to complete the high school exit exam. Once he does, Staley plans to enroll at Georgia Military JC in January.
Staley's hope is to be able to enroll at USC in January 2014.