WP’s Johnson Suffers Injury


Staff Writer

WHEELING – The 2014 season could be over before it began for Wheeling Park running back Savion Johnson.

The junior has suffered what Coach Chris Daugherty calls a ”possible major knee injury.”

”We still really don’t know how bad it is,” Daugherty said. ”(Johnson) could be out for the year, but there’s a possibility it could be for only three or four weeks.

”We’ll know more Tuesday.”

The reigning Intelligencer’s Sophomore of the Year, Johnson enjoyed a break-out season for the Patriots last year.

Listed as a backup on the preseason depth chart, Johnson got his break when then-senior Bryce Ingram went down with an injury early in the season and rushed for 1,484 yards on 213 carries and 20 touchdowns. He helped lead Park to an 11-2 record and an appearance in the West Virginia Class AAA state semifinals.

The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Johnson was thought to play a major role for the Patriots this season after they graduated what some call the greatest class in school history.

Johnson is the son of Daryl “Boogie” Johnson, who won the Kennedy Award as the state’s top player in 1991 during his time at Park.

The Patriots are scheduled to open their season at home on Aug. 29 against Allderdice.