When Michael Carter was tackled the second quarter of Navarre’s game against Washington Sept. 4, he never imagined it would be the end of his junior season with the Raiders.
The highly recruited star running back hyper-extended his knee on the hit that drove him into the sideline, tearing his tore his posterior cruciate ligament and suffering partial tears in his lateral collateral ligament and meniscus. He had surgery Tuesday morning.
“It hurt but I didn’t think it was that bad,” Carter said as he leaned on his crutches inside the field house Monday afternoon. “I’ve never been out for this long with an injury. It’s tough not being able to play but I feel good and look forward to seeing my teammates finish the mission.”
The mission Carter speaks of is a state championship, the prize the Raiders (3-0) have had their eyes on since the preseason.
Carter came into the year expected to play a pivotal role in that quest, and in the 2-and- -a-half games he played in, he lived up to his potential, rushing for 526 yard and scoring eight touchdowns. He also caught one touchdown pass.
Even without his presence in the lineup, he can’t say enough about the faith he has in teammates, including backup running back Hasaan Williams, who has been successful in his own right, rushing for 209 yards and three scores while catching two touchdown passes as well.
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