Washington running back Shai McKenzie was carried off the field in the first half of a game against Charleroi on Friday with what appeared to be a sprained knee.
“He made a cut and just fell,” Shai's father, Sean McKenzie, said. “His knee popped to the side. We thought it was serious, but as of now no major surgery is needed.”
Shai McKenzie led the WPIAL with 2,689 yards and 41 touchdowns a season ago and is considered by many recruiting services to be the top-ranked running back in the state. Currently McKenzie has 30 NCAA Division I scholarship offers.
On the three previous times McKenzie touched the ball against Charleroi, he scored touchdowns. He rushed for 166 yards in the 66-10 win.
Sean McKenzie said “it's a tremendous relief” that it's not a torn ACL and thinks his son could miss the next two games — against Yough and Jeannette, the latter being televised on Root.
“They said it was just a sprain,” Sean McKenzie said. “But we won't know for sure until we see an orthopedic surgeon this week.”
— Jason Mackey
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