West A’s Mike Caputo Suffers Major Injury in Opening Victory

Saturday, September 4, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The 2010 high school football season was not even a quarter old when the defending WPIAL Class AAA champions suffered a bad break. 2009 MSA Sports co-player of the year and Wisconsin recruit Mike Caputo of West Allegheny suffered a dislocated left ankle while making a tackle late in the opening quarter of what would be a 41-0 victory for the Indians over the South Park Eagles.

West Allegheny head coach Bob Palko confirmed the injury after the game Friday night. Caputo was taken off on a stretcher to a local hospital where X-rays confirmed the dislocation.

Caputo underwent surgery Saturday morning to repair the damage and all indications are the surgery went well. It's still to early to tell, but nobody has ruled out the possibility of a return to the field at some point later this season.

"We won't know anything until later today," admitted Palko Saturday morning on the Post-Gazette High School Football Show. He's a good kid, a tough kid and you just hate to see something like this happen to anybody."

Palko mentioned despite the injury, Caputo is trying to remain in good spirits.

We will pass along any updates once they become available.


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