Freshman football player injured

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Freshman football player injured

A helicopter sent for the injured football player during Thursday's night football game.

A helicopter sent for the injured football player during Thursday's night football game.

Photo courtesy of Brendan Ogburn

A helicopter sent for the injured football player during Thursday's night football game.

Photo courtesy of Brendan Ogburn

Photo courtesy of Brendan Ogburn

A helicopter sent for the injured football player during Thursday's night football game.

Brendan Ogburn and Patrick Rettig, Californian Editors

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During Thursday night’s freshman football game at Cal High, a Foothill defensive player was airlifted to Children’s Hospital in Oakland, after sustaining a neck injury. The incident occurred on the first play from scrimmage in the second half, when the player ended up on the bottom of the pile when going in for the tackle, said sports medicine teacher Liz Myers, who was at the game and was one of the first to respond to the incident.

In the immediate aftermath, the player reported feeling a sharp neck pain, especially near the spine, but he was able to display full movement of his arms and legs. The only other serious symptom reported was numbness in his pinkie, Myers said.  

After being transported to the hospital, X-rays and a CT scan were performed on the player, but The Californian was unable to confirm his current condition.