Apr 16, 2014 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterPAVILLION -- Sometimes the path of life takes you down a longer road than you might like. That could be the story for 2013 Wind River High School graduate Ward Gordon.
Gordon suffered a season-ending knee injury against Saratoga in the fourth game of the 2012 football season, and his career took a hiatus.
Gordon gets a second chance on the gridiron this fall at Trinity Bible College, in Ellendale, N.D.. Trinity showed interest in Gordon even after his diagnosis of a posterior cruciate ligament injury, but Gordon didn't feel ready to play.
He has worked since graduation on a construction crew in Lysite. The rigorous demands of the job, along with exercise at home, has restored his knee.
"I've been getting my knee to heal up," Gordon said. "I think I can be better than before the injury."
An injury to the PCL often heals naturally with time, surgery isn't always necessary with the PCL injury. The meniscus often is damaged when the injury occurs, but that also can heal on its own.
"Ward was about to sign last year," Wind River head football coach Cullen Noffsinger said. "I stayed in contact with them."
Gordon was recruited by Trinity defensive coordinator Orah Garst. Garst recruited Gordon to play outside linebacker, but once an athlete arrives on a college roster, many things can change.
The Lions have four Wyoming players on the team, including Wind River's Randy Gerhardt who plays the offensive line.
Also on the team are Scott Erdahl of Ten Sleep, Gabe Holmstrom of Lyman, and Gillette's Chris Wood.
The Lions also recruited former Shoshoni standout Lawry Johnson who transferred to Carrizozo, N.M., last summer.
Johnson was fourth in total offense in New Mexico, last season with an impressive 11 yards per carry average. Johnson took a football and track scholarship at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas.
Gordon and Johnson may see each other again as Trinity and Haskell are regular season opponents. Haskell edged Trinity 39-36 last fall.
Gordon is majoring in education and would like to coach. Trinity has a newly implemented sports science major with an emphasis on fitness, training, care and prevention of athletic injuries. Sports medicine that interest Gordon as well.
Gordon reports to camp in early August.
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