GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCIV) -- Last year, Pedro Manigault was a star quarterback for West Ashley. This year, he transferred to Goose Creek for his senior season, but two weeks into camp he tore his ACL and MCL in a non-contact drill.
The blow ended his season, but Manigault is keeping his head up.
"He's a very talented young man. Before he came, when we played him I thought he was one of the most athletic quarterbacks I'd seen in my 13 years here. He has great athleticism," head coach Chuck Reedy.
It all fit perfectly. He's tall, athletic, and fast, fitting the quarterback mold, meshing with his teammates until one play ended it all.
"I heard a snap at the time. I still had hope it wasn't this serious because there was no swelling. At the end, it was as bad as we had though. I'm going to push through it, get ready for college and cheer my team on," said Manigault.
For Manigault, the new opportunity is gone and his high school career is over.
"I want to be on the field now. My senior year was going to be a big part of my recruiting. I pray they stick with me and keep recruiting me," he said.
All schools will have to go back to the tapes from West Ashley to see what he was capable of. His knee may be in rough shape, but his outlook is quite the opposite.
"I love Goose Creek. It was a pleasure coming over, experiencing practice with them, experiencing the tradition, how they do things," he said.
As for Manigault's new team, Goose Creek had no problems at Sertoma, romping West Ashley 27-8. It was their final dress rehearsal under the new quarterback Dominique Jefferson before a big trip to Ohio to take on traditional powerhouse, Pickerington Central.
"It's different, it's special. We have played out-of-state and that was nice. It's good to see how you match up from others from other state. Ohio is a great football state. To go up and play a team from another state will be fun," said Reedy.?