Palm Harbor University's offense lost two key starters with lineman Christian Saltarin and running back Kenny Blanch both out at least three weeks according to coach Mark Haye.
Saltarin (knee) and Blanch (ankle) were both injured within a 90-second span early in the third quarter of last week's 38-28 loss to East Lake in a key Class 5A, District 8 game. They each saw doctors on Monday. Haye said Saltarin could be out longer if he needs surgery.
It's a tough blow for the Hurricanes, who lose a veteran lineman and their most productive running back during an important stretch of the season. PHU, which has lost three straight after starting 3-0, has a bye this week before home games against 5A-8 opponents Countryside on Oct. 22 and Dunedin on Oct. 29. With a 0-1 district record, the Hurricanes will likely need to win both to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Their absence means PHU will have to rely even more on quarterback Billy Pavlock, who ran for two touchdowns and threw for two in last Friday's loss to East Lake.