Prep football: Buffalo's Good tears ACL in right knee
Hardly a day goes by without Buffalo football Coach Mike Sawyer thinking about how to make his team better.
Before heading on vacation later this week, he'll have a lot more to think about after learning that his top returning player, rising senior Laythen Good, could be lost for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament and torn meniscus.
Sawyer heard of Good's diagnosis on Tuesday and hadn't had much time to digest the circumstances, which means he has work to do before practice begins on Aug. 5.
"You don't replace somebody like that," said Sawyer, who indicated that Good would have surgery on Friday. "I just don't see him being able to recover from a torn ACL. Maybe the meniscus."
Last season as a junior, Good led the team in rushing with 783 yards on 128 carries and 10 touchdowns, and receiving with 38 receptions for 755 yards and seven scores.
While Levi Jordan was the team's senior leader, Good paced the team in scoring with 114 points.
His role as a senior was to fill in where Jordan left off -- the senior leadership the Bison needs while, basically, never leaving the field.
"When I lost Levi we were going to be more of a running team this year and the cornerstone of that was going to be Laythen," Sawyer said. "We were planning on looking at some Wildcat, and he won't be able to play, so ... We haven't decided who would be quarterback, but Laythen was not going to be off the field."
Buffalo finished 7-4 after the Bison lost in the first round of the playoffs to eventual Class A state champion Wahama.
The Bison's success this season was going to be based heavily on the performance of Good, which means Sawyer has a lot of work to do.
"We lost two players basically," he said. "I know a lot of players start both ways in high school. You can't replace a Levi Jordan and you can't replace a Laythen Good.
"Somebody said you're always an injury away from being mediocre. At least we have time to fix it.
"We'll have to move people around. In single-A it's harder on us because we have less players and we're going to be young anyway."
Sawyer is entering his 12th season as head coach at Buffalo with a career record of 72-45-1.
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