Preseason all-state linebacker, and perhaps Harrison’s best defender, Dakota Manion has avoided a devastating season-ending injury.
Initially thought to be an MCL tear, Manion’s season was hanging in the balance.
Fortunately, it was determined that his MCL was not torn, but sprained.
This is a huge relief for Harrison as it looks to improve on last year’s 7-3 record and win the sectional championship.
The injury was sustained on the opening drive of the Lafayette Jefferson game on September 11.
Manion hopes to return to the field against rival McCutcheon tonight, which would make his absence only three games.
Although this may be an overly optimistic timetable, it looks as if he will return sooner rather than later.
“The last couple games with him being injured, it’s been a problem for us,” said head coach Terry Peebles.
Manion said that the hope of returning to the field this season kept his morale up while he awaited a prognosis.
Upon his return, Manion intends to have an immediate impact.
“He gets other people around him to play better,” Peebles said.
Being just 3-3 on the year and having blown several fourth-quarter leads, the Raiders could use a spark.
While Manion has been out, the Raiders have found a rhythm on offense, putting up 121 points in their last three games.
J. Dan Sturgeon, quarterback, and Dawson Dahnke, running back, have been key contributors.
Sturgeon has racked up 775 yards through the air to go along with 11 touchdowns this season.
On the other hand, Dahnke has solidified his role as Harrison’s workhorse running back with 730 rushing yards.
Tonight’s contest will take place at McCutcheon -- with kickoff set for 7 p.m.