Two players released from Shock Trauma

C.M. Wright QB, defender injured in Thursday game

October 18, 2003|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

Two C. Milton Wright football players taken by helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center on Thursday night were released early yesterday morning, Mustangs coach Steve Harward said.

Junior quarterback Stephen Balcer was taken for observation for concussion-like symptoms after being tackled while following through on a third-quarter touchdown pass against Aberdeen.

Three plays later, junior defensive back Christopher Rye took a hit from behind, and the back of his helmet was driven into his neck.

Balcer and Rye were flown out on separate helicopters.

Rye has no broken bones or other serious injuries, but he will sit out about two weeks, his mother told Don Morrison, a Harford County public schools spokesman.

"They're fine," said Harward, adding that the two players never lost feeling in their extremities and were hospitalized as a precautionary measure. "We were very lucky as far as the injuries were concerned."

The game between the Mustangs and the Eagles was called in the third quarter with Aberdeen winning, 34-7.

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