Dillon running back out for rest of season due to neck injury

Dillon running back out for rest of season due to neck injury

DILLON, SC (WMBF) – Dillon running back Johnny Allen will be out for the rest of the football season after breaking his neck in a four-wheeler accident on Sunday, according to Dillon Football Head Coach Jackie Hayes.

Hayes says the junior broke his neck when he was thrown from the four-wheeler after hitting a stump.

The Dillon County Wildcats are trying to keep their spirits up and stay focused. This comes as one of the team's key players, running back and Jersey number two recovers from a broken neck.

"For this to be our last ride together and then he gets hurt like that out of nowhere is emotional," Adonis Sealey, Team Captain said.

Sealey is a senior at Dillon County High School and said Allen is more than just a good player.

"We friends a lot of us, me him and Daquan. We all close," Sealey said.

Sealey grew up with Allen. They have been playing ball together since middle school.

Head coach Jackie Hayes said finding out that Allen had been seriously injured was hard for the team to swallow.

“He was probably within a millimeter of probably having paralysis from the neck down. He could have severed his spine all the way though and he wouldn't be here," Jackie Hayes, Head Coach said.

The team is rallying around Allen and working harder than ever for their injured teammate.

"When you lose somebody of his caliber and his talent it's going to hurt to a degree. Our kids are very motivated, highly challenged.  One of our saying is next man up," Hayes said.

Coach Hayes said Allen should be back on the field next year to play his senior year for the Wildcats.

"He comes to practice every day and does what he is supposed to do, on and off the field and in the classroom. He is well respected by the coaches and players,” Hayes said.

The players said no matter what happens Allen will be on their minds every time they hit the field this year.

"We break it down on Johnny. Ever since he got hurt we have been breaking it down on him. We're letting him know he's still a part of the team. He's always our brother and isn’t nothing going to change," Sealey said.

Dillon travels to Darlington for a Week Four match-up to be featured as the Extra Point Game of the Week on Friday. When asked how this injury affects the weekend's game plan for the Falcons, Hayes said, "Obviously, players will have to step up and take [Allen's] place, but the main thing is that we are fortunate and thankful that [the injury] was not worse. This could have been devastating."

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