Kora football player happy to return to driving after injury

After missing much of his high school football season in 2021 due to injury, Corra’s Dante Scaglioni is making the most of his comeback in 2022.

The news came a week before the auditions and it was music to hear.

After missing a lengthy stretch last season with a knee injury, returning to the football field with his teammates was a welcome opportunity for Corra’s Dante Scaglioni.

Injury kept him off the field in much of Currah’s rallies to the Northern Bowl title in 2021, and Scaglioni received doctors’ clearance to step back from the field seven days before the big ponies trial began in August.

“I was frankly a bit shocked,” Scaglioni said of getting the green light to retreat to the field. “I knew the rehab had gone really well because of the way I was accelerating in the gym with my knee. When he said it was hard on the inside, I was a little shocked.”

Scaglioni’s efforts to get back on the field certainly did not go unnoticed by Corah coach Tom Anett.

“They are some of the strongest athletes we’ve seen on our show,” Annette said. “That injury was devastating.”

“He worked hard (to recover),” Annette added. “Seeing him back on the field means a lot and I know how much he loves this game. It makes us happy and warms our hearts to see him here playing, having fun and leading our team.”

With his camp and two regular games of the season, Scaglioni said his knee was gripped well early on.

Training to get ready to return to the comb, Scaglioni saw him focus on getting his leg where it was needed.

“I just focused on that leg and brought it back to the athletic viewpoint,” Scaloni said. “When I was out for surgery, I lost a lot of size and strength in my legs.”

When he ruptured his ACL, Scaloni added, his leg had trauma that affected his quad muscles as well.

“Going back to the gym and getting that quad up sort of again[was a big deal],” Scaloni said. “Learning to deal with some things, I do a lot of things differently now on and off the field because of the injury. It kind of reshapes the way I live.”

Training became an added sense of pride for Scaloni. The discipline of coaching is something he enjoys in the process.

“It’s definitely the process,” Scaloni said. “I don’t think it’s dedication or motivation that keeps me going. It’s definitely discipline, just because there are always ways to improve mentally and physically. When I started in 9th grade, seeing the changes physically and mentally, how you organize your life and plan and plan your day, I feel good when things go. As such. It’s physical changes, it’s an addiction. Once you start seeing physical changes like strength and size, it’s definitely something you’ve just started looking for more of, and it starts accumulating as a hobby.”

As a veteran member of the Colts, Scaglione was a key captain on a team that jumped to the 2-0 record early in the high school football season.

“He’s an incredible player,” said Annette. “He is the emotional and vocal leader of our team. He ignites everyone and plays with super physical strength and difficulty, but he does it with the class as well. He is a perfect player. Lots of kids look up to him. That’s why he’s one of our captains.”

The lead role is one that Scaloni enjoys, too.

“It certainly feels good to think in your head that there are people looking up to you,” Scaloni said. “You are a role model in the field.”

Scaglioni, a multi-sport athlete in Corrah, hopes to be back on the ice this season with the Colts hockey team, but the final decision will come after the football season is over and after another meeting with doctors to decide how to stabilize his knee. So back to the ice.