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Knee injury to sideline Sutton for rest of football season

Elijah Sutton planned to help Polk County’s football team in any way he could this season. The senior just didn’t plan on that assistance coming from the sidelines.

Elijah Sutton planned to help Polk County’s football team in any way he could this season.

The senior just didn’t plan on that assistance coming from the sidelines.

Polk County’s leading rusher a year ago will miss the rest of the 2018 campaign after injuring his knee in the Wolverines’ season-opening 31-28 victory at Chase. Sutton, who rushed for almost 1,300 yards as a junior, is scheduled to have surgery Monday and faces a recovery period of at least 6-7 months.

“It’s a torn meniscus, partially. The tibia bone is crushed into the femur, all compressed,” Sutton said Friday night after watching the Wolverines’ loss to National Christian Academy.

The injury occurred during the first quarter of the Chase game on the Wolverines’ sixth offensive snap of the season. With Polk facing a fourth-and-4 at at the Chase 42, Sutton run a wheel route down the left sideline, fighting off the Trojans’ Mailk Dowden to haul in Avery Edwards’ pass for a 24-yard gain. The two fell out of bounds after Sutton made the catch.

“I caught the pass, and the guy fell on my knee,” Sutton said. “I knew something was wrong when I felt it pop, but I knew I had to finish the game. My teammates were counting on me to play the rest of the game.”

Sutton finished the game with 52 yards on 10 carries and also caught the game-winning touchdown pass on what will be the final offensive snap of his career.

The knee began to swell soon after the game ended, and medical examinations during the week eventually confirmed what many in the Wolverine locker room feared.

“I’m going to try to make the best of it,” Sutton said. “Every time I think about it, I want to sit down and cry. But I can’t do that in front of the boys.

“I’m going to try to push through it for the guys out here and what they’re doing for me, for 30 (the late Markell Lipscomb) and for themselves.”

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