Goose Creek senior quarterback Pedro Manigault will miss the entire football season after suffering a knee injury in practice on Wednesday.
Manigault, who transferred from West Ashley to Goose Creek after last season, was expected to be the starting quarterback for the Gators this fall.
Manigault announced on Twitter on Friday morning that he would miss the season with a torn ACL. The injury was confirmed by Goose Creek head coach Chuck Reedy after a Friday morning scrimmage with Berkeley and North Augusta.
"It was one of those freak type things where he simply planted his foot and his knee gave way. He wasn't even hit," said Reedy. "We were fairly optimistic at first because he didn't have any swelling and he had good range of motion, but the doctors confirmed it was torn.
"I hurt more for Pedro than I do our football team. Pedro is a great young man who had worked very hard to prepare for this season. He certainly had a chance to be as good as any quarterback we've had here. But Pedro will certainly have an opportunity to play at the next level so it's best he get it fixed and get started with the recovery."
Junior Dominique Jefferson took first-team snaps with the Goose Creek offense on Friday. Jefferson was the varsity backup last season and saw playing time in a reserve role.
"He's a very competitive, tough young man so we know he will come in and do the best he can do for us," said Reedy. "This causes us to adjust some things but these things happen. We have been very fortunate here at Goose Creek to avoid major injuries over the years. We've been blessed in that regard. But it is what it is and we have to move on as a football team."
The Gators will open the season at Pickerington Central in Ohio on Aug. 30.