Prep Football

Bad news for Bears

Messer suffers season-ending PCL knee injury
By Rhonda Byrd | Sep 10, 2013
Photo by: Karma Shuford Pisgah senior Dustin Messer, 2, scores a touchdown in a game against Enka. Messer suffered a season-ending knee injury in Friday night’s contest at Erwin.

CANTON — Pisgah senior captain Dustin Messer will miss the remainder of the football season after tearing the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Friday’s 46-31 loss at Erwin.
Pisgah Head Coach Brett Chappell said Monday that Messer will have season-ending surgery on Friday, Sept. 20.
Messer was the Black Bears’ leading rusher this season and one of the defensive standouts. The injury also has put his prep baseball career in jeopardy.
“He has been and still is a great leader for this team,” said Chappell. “What he brings to the table with him being third in his class, a very good athlete, a running back who has scored the majority of the our touchdowns this season and a great player on the defensive side of it as well. It is going to be a huge loss for us.
“You feel for Dustin and his family. Unfortunately, it is the toughest thing that a coach has to do is to sit down with a kid and explain to him his season is over.
“But you know Dustin is going to continue to be a big part of our football program and he is going to stay with us and see this season though. I am hoping the other young men on the team will use this as a rallying point and come even closer than we already are. You always try to look at the positive in every situation and look back at the time that we were able to spend with him and the things that he brought to our team. Those can’t be replaced.”
Messer’s worst fear that he had suffered a serious injury were confirmed by an MRI on  Sunday.
“I got confirmation, which was just horrible news to hear, from Southeastern Sports Medicine’s Dr. (Richard) Jones Monday afternoon that I needed surgery for a torn PCL,” said Messer.
“Southeastern has scheduled the surgery for Friday, Sept. 20 at Park Ridge Hospital in Fletcher   and Dr. Jones will do my surgery. I have a lot of faith in him.
“I just want everyone to know that I love this game and I am still going to be a part of this team. My playing career may be over, but I am going to do whatever it takes to help us win on Friday nights.”
Pisgah will continue its season without one of its captains, hosting Hayesville at 7:30 p.m. Friday night (Sept. 13) in Memorial Stadium. The Black Bears will be idle the day Messer’s surgery is scheduled.