I tracked down some semi-happy news about Happy Iona, Bethel’s standout defensive lineman who went down with what appeared to be a severe leg injury in last week’s loss to Curtis.
Rumor was that the OSU recruit had a broken leg after leaving the field via ambulance.
But I spoke with Bethel coach Gavin Kralik this morning and he said the diagnosis is a high ankle sprain.
“We hope to have him back Week 6,” Kralik said, pointing toward the Oct. 9 showdown with rival Graham-Kapowsin.
I’ve never had one, but I’ve heard high ankle sprains are extremely painful and take a fair amount time to heal. So the news isn’t great, but it’s better than the early fears.
Kralik said others on the defensive line will need to step up in the absence of Iona.
“He’s obviously a huge part of our defense,” he said. “We’re a lot better defensively with him in there. Our margin for error is a lot less without him.”
Bethel (1-1) wound up losing to Curtis, which was also without one of its key linemen, Chris Edison. Edison, the Offensive Lineman of the Year in the SPSL South as a junior last season, apparently is out for 2-3 weeks with an ankle sprain.