Five-star junior recruit Jack Sawyer suffered a torn left MCL during the Pickerington North football team’s 36-17 loss at Olentangy Orange in a Division I, Region 3 first-round playoff game Nov. 8.

He announced via Twitter on Nov. 9 that he will undergo surgery this coming week.

Sawyer, who has committed to Ohio State as part of its 2021 class as a defensive end, was playing quarterback for the Panthers when he got injured with 5 minutes, 32 seconds left in the second quarter. He was 8-for-12 passing for 79 yards and had 25 yards rushing on five carries before leaving the game.

“If I could go back and relive it the same way I 100 (percent) would without a doubt,” he said on Twitter. “I’m going to come back stronger (than) ever.”

North, which was seeded sixth in the region, had beaten the third-seeded Pioneers 38-17 on Sept. 13 in what was Sawyer’s first game as its full-time quarterback.

On the season, Sawyer completed 79 of 135 passes for 1,056 yards with nine touchdowns and three interceptions and rushed for 386 yards and six touchdowns on 80 carries. On defense, he had 13.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss.

The Panthers finished 6-5 overall and 4-1 in the OCC-Ohio Division.

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