The season for Plaquemine High defensive lineman Davon Godchaux ended practically before it began.
Coach Paul Distefano confirmed Monday that the 6-foot-4, 265-pound Godchaux will miss the rest of the season with two torn knee ligaments, including a torn ACL suffered in a season-opening loss to East Ascension.
Distefano said doctors told Godchaux early Monday the results of tests done last week. He is scheduled to have surgery Friday.
Though he was considered one of Louisiana’s top recruits, Godchaux had not committed to a college. He was rated the No. 10 prospect in Louisiana and No. 2 among the state’s defensive line prospects. Godchaux planned to wait until December to commit.
“It’s tough because I won’t be able to be there for my team,” he said. “I know you have to go through obstacles in life; this is one for me.
“When I got hurt, at first they said it might be a bruise or some other kind of tear. But I knew right away it was an ACL. I couldn’t put weight on it or walk then. But I’ve tried to be optimistic. (The Minnesota Vikings’) Adrian Peterson is a role model, and he went through this and came back stronger. That’s my goal.”
Distefano said the loss of Godchaux is about more than a team dynamic.
“My heart just goes out to him,” Distefano said. “Sure, it’s a big loss for our team, but that’s only part of it. It’s tough because he worked so hard to make himself a better player.
“He got bigger and stronger, and he handled all the attention and recruiting so well. I have no idea what this will do to his recruiting. Hopefully, some of these schools will stick with him. Plenty of guys come back from this surgery even better than before. I think he can do that.”
LSU and Alabama were among the schools that had offered Godchaux scholarships. Also in the mix were Florida, Florida State, Southern California, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, TCU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Arizona State and Washington State.
“I’m going to focus first on my surgery and then rehab,” Godchaux said. “This (injury) also will give me a chance to get closer to my religion and focus on academics. I’d like to think that the colleges who offered me will stick with me.”
Distefano said Godchaux was injured in the first quarter of the game Sept. 5 at East Ascension. He said Godchaux was hit on a play away from the ball.