Greenwood senior running back Tanner Thompson is out with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, GHS coach Greg Cavanah confirmed Wednesday.
Cavanah confirmed the news that Thompson announced himself on Twitter on Tuesday night.
The injury happened in the second half of the Gators’ 56-33 win at North Hardin on Saturday.
“You hate it for him, because you’re not going to find a kid who works harder or gives you more every day,” Cavanah said.
Thompson, who was limping but walking after the game, said Saturday he planted his knee and felt a pop when it was hit.
Thompson also had his junior season cut short by a knee injury.
His loss is a big blow for the Gators. Thompson had rushed for 283 yards and five touchdowns in the first two games, along with two kickoff return TDs of more than 80 yards apiece.
When you break it down, Thompson accounted for 57 percent of Greenwood’s rushing yards and 54 percent of their touchdowns this season.
The Gators will likely now turn to junior Joey Hughes and senior Dakota Madison to lead Greenwood’s physical rushing attack.
The duo have combined for 174 yards and four touchdowns on 34 carries so far this season. Junior quarterback Josh Dyer has also rushed 16 times for 37 yards and a score.
Thompson will remain on the sideline for games and assist in any way he can, Cavanah said.
Greenwood plays Hopkinsville at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Trigg County.