A freshman wideout for Preble Shawnee’s varsity football team was taken to a hospital by CareFlight after he suffered a helmet-to-helmet hit during Friday night’s game against Dixie.
Another player — also a freshman — was injured during a game at Triad.
The Preble-Shawnee player was taken to Children’s Medical Center of Dayton as a precaution, head coach Matt Hopkins said after the game.
“He’s got a concussion,” Hopkins said of the player. “He had a little tingling in his arms” but he had range of motion, the coach said he was told. The trip to the hospital was for precaution, he said.
The condition of the player was not immediately available.
“We’re praying for the best,” said Hopkins, who’s in his first year as head coach at the school.
According to Hopkins, the injury occurred near the end of the third quarter as the player was being tackled at the end of a short pass play.
He caught the ball and was being swung around when one of the cornerbacks for the Greyhounds hit the wideout helmet to helmet.
“There was direct helmet-to-helmet contact,” Hopkins said.
Dixie Athletic Director Kregg Creamer, who said he saw the play, said “we couldn’t tell from the sidelines that anything out of the ordinary had happened.”
The game resumed, but was stopped again when CareFlight landed near the stadium. The game was called at that point, with 5 minutes remaining in the game.
Medical personnel at the game asked for the medical helicopter to come to the stadium for the player.
Dixie was ahead 58-16.
The Triad player, a 14-year-old freshman, suffered an injury to his stomach area in the third quarter of a game against Catholic Central. He was also taken by CareFlight to Children’s Medical Center of Dayton as a precaution, according to Triad head coach Payton Printz. Coaches and medical personnel were concerned he might have suffered liver damage. His injuries were not described as life-threatening.
Printz said the boy ran a crossing pattern while playing receiver. He was hit away from the play, according to the coach.
Triad went on to defeat Catholic Central, 55-12.
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