Two players re­cov­er­ing well af­ter hits to head

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Kather­ine Dunn kather­ine.dunn@balt­sun.com twitter.com/ kdunnsun

Fri­day night was a scary night for two players in Bal­ti­more City — St. Frances wide re­ceiver Tyree Henry and Ed­mond­son quar­ter­back Michael Tay­lor — who were taken to Johns Hop­kins Chil­dren’s Cen­ter af­ter suf­fer­ing hits to the head. Both, how­ever, are re­cov­er­ing well. Henry was hurt af­ter mak­ing a re­cep­tion at Gil­man. Af­ter ap­par­ently los­ing con­scious­ness briefly, he com­plained that he couldn’t feel his legs. By the time he left the field, how­ever, feel­ing had re­turned and he had move­ment in all limbs, Pan­thers coach Henry Rus­sell said Satur­day.

“He is do­ing a lot bet­ter,” St. Frances ath­letic di­rec­tor Nick Myles said Mon­day.

Henry, who played at Stephen De­catur last sea­son as a ju­nior, re­mains hos­pi­tal­ized, and Myles said his fam­ily did not want to dis­close fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

In Ed­mond­son’s game at Dun­bar, Tay­lor suf­fered a con­cus­sion when he was hit af­ter a run, and he was in ob­vi­ous pain be­cause his knee also buck­led. The se­nior was dis­charged from Johns Hop­kins later Fri­day night and was in school on crutches Mon­day, Red Storm coach Corey John­son said.

“He had a con­cus­sion, but the knee in­jury is the main part,” John­son said Mon­day. “They took X-rays. There wasn’t any struc­tural dam­age, but they think it’s lig­a­ment dam­age, so he’s sched­uled for an MRI this week. He thinks he’s not go­ing to be able to play the rest of the sea­son. I was hop­ing for good news, but look­ing at that knee, I don’t think we’re go­ing to get it.”

The Red Storm had another player checked for a con­cus­sion Fri­day night. Ju­nior cen­ter Bran­don Humphrey not only suf­fered a con­cus­sion, he has a bro­ken rib. John­son said his mother took him to the hos­pi­tal af­ter the game and that he will go through the con­cus­sion protocol at the Kennedy Krieger In­sti­tute this week af­ter com­plain­ing of headaches Sun­day. Just get­ting started: New Pikesville coach Jeff Fuller knows that for ev­ery cou­ple of steps for­ward with a team com­ing off three win­less sea­sons, there’s of­ten a step back.

His Pan­thers, with just 19 players on the ros­ter, took a mon­u­men­tal step for­ward Sept. 30 when they de­feated Loch Raven, 13-12. It was their first win since Oc­to­ber 2012.

The game also in­cluded their first touch­downs of the sea­son. Line­backer Chase Green scored af­ter re­cov­er­ing a fum­ble and quar­ter­back Trey Wig­gins scored on a keeper.

“The kids were ex­tremely ex­cited,” Fuller said. “I was more ex­cited for my se­niors. Some of these guys were on the team for three years and they had to go through those three years with­out win­ning a foot­ball game. I was real happy for them to ex­pe­ri­ence that. The next week, peo­ple were con­grat­u­lat­ing them in the hall­ways and say­ing ‘Job well done,’ and stuff like that, so that kind of gave us some mo­men­tum go­ing into the rest of sea­son.”

The Pan­thers hoped to ride that mo­men­tum at East­ern Tech on Fri­day night, but they started slowly and fell, 38-6, to one of the peren­nial pow­ers in Bal­ti­more County’s Class 2A-1A Di­vi­sion.

“I think the guys still had a hang­over from the win last week,” Fuller said, “and at half­time, I had to ex­plain to them that this is not the same team as last week. They thought they were go­ing to come out and be able to come away with the same re­sult against East­ern Tech, and that wasn’t the case. They had to come out and com­pete … and that was a valu­able les­son.” Let’s see that again: Two of the area’s most pro­lific scor­ers — Dun­dalk se­nior quar­ter­back Dar­rius Sam­ple and South Car­roll se­nior run­ning back Ja­mar Wil­liams — had fans do­ing dou­ble takes Fri­day when they matched stel­lar per­for­mances from the past.

Sam­ple, who led the Owls to the state Class 3A fi­nal last fall, scored seven touch­downs for the se­cond time in his ca­reer in a 71-0 rout of Ca­tonsville. He set a school record with seven a year ago and matched it Fri­day with four rush­ing touch­downs and three pass­ing touch­downs for a to­tal of 358 yards.

Wil­liams, the lat­est in a line of strong Cava­liers run­ning backs, ran for 257 yards and five touch­downs in a 50-20 win over Win­ters Mill. He also ran for five touch­downs the pre­vi­ous week, when he broke the school sin­gle-game record with 334 yards. By the num­bers: Here’s a few of the statis­tics that stood out in Week 6 around the Bal­ti­more area:

5: Atholton touch­downs scored by the de­fense or spe­cial teams in a 45-20 win over Mount He­bron

9: Wins by Dun­bar over Ed­mond­son for the Ben Eaton Me­mo­rial Tro­phy since it was in­tro­duced in 2007, in­clud­ing Fri­day’s 26-14 win 30: Straight Howard County wins by Howard 98: Yards in a touch­down run by Gil­man’s Bran­don Madi­son in a 26-10 loss to St. Frances

293: Points scored by An­napo­lis this fall — the most of any Bal­ti­more-area team

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