Saturday, September 5, 2009

Mallard Creek QB has concussion

Bernard Whiteside said he didn't see the scary play that left his son, Mallard Creek quarterback Marquise Williams, lying on the field at East Meckenburg near the end of the Mavericks' 28-19 win Friday.

Whiteside had family in town, who were enjoying Williams' sometimes electric performance. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound junior national recruit had 294 total yards and two touchdowns. He was trying to take a knee near midfield when two East Mecklenburg players hit him while he was defenseless.

One player was ordered off the field and accessed a penalty. It's not clear whether that player was disqualified or ejected, which would mean he would have to sit out two additional games plus complete an online sportsmanship class.

Whiteside heard the crowd go quiet after the hit and wheeled around to see his son lying on his back, his knees high but leaning to the right. His family tried to describe what had happened, but Whiteside was already on his way to the field to check on his son.

"I just saw him laying there," Whiteside said. "I can't tell you what was going through my mind. It's the worst feeling you can ever have in your whole life."

As Whiteside tried to get onto the field, police escorted him away. He didn't see his son until Williams was carted off the field and got into his father's car. As they drove to University Hospital, Williams' head began to clear. He asked his father if would be able to play next week against Garinger.

A CAT scan at the hospital revealed a concussion. Williams will take a test Tuesday to determine whether or not he's fit to play next week.

"I'm good," Williams said Saturday afternoon. "I felt fine when I woke up. I took a (pain) pill this morning. Everybody's asking me if I remembered the play. I don't. I hope it comes back to me."

Williams' final memory of the night was an 87-yard scoring pass he threw to Louis Mitchell late in the fourth quarter to seal the win. He broke away from a sack attempt and rolled to his right before throwing the ball about 50 yards down the field, behind the defense.

"After that," Williams said, "it was like, ‘Oh man.' Don't remember much after that."


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17 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure CMS (could be NCHSAA) rules are that you have to sit out 10 days if you get diagnosed with a concussion. We had a kid on our team get one and that's what we were told.

Anonymous said...

"accessed a penalty"?

Anonymous said...

Too bad the Observer doesn't have any knowledgeable resources. If Langston knew the rules (out for 10 days?), it would've made sense to include the facts in his story. Don't know if you have to sit 10 days, but it does seem to make some sense.

Langston Wertz Jr. said...

Actually, the NCHSAA has a form that must be filled out by a physician in order for an athlete to return. There is no minimum day sit out, I'm told by CMS officials. It's up to the doctor. Here's a link to the form:

http://www.nchsaa.org/intranet/downloadManagerControl.php?mode=getFile&elementID=6295&type=5&atomID=8942

wolftv said...

What I don't understand is why he couldn't go and see his son? He did in fact get onto the field, and was almost to mid field and about 10-20 feet from his son when they (mallard creek coaches) got him off the field as the police were being summoned by the ref.
After he left the field, the coaches were telling the police that he's good, he's o.k, referring to the dad and that he was headed back to the stands... After he got back in the stands the head ref says he had to leave the stadium, and was escorted out by police?
I can't believe both players who slammed williams weren't ejected. The coaches also had words ont he field while williams was down injured. Not a good scene.
Very glad to hear the williams kid is O.K.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the additional info Langston.

Anonymous said...

Two concussions in a short time period can cause brain damage. Minimum two week sit out necessary.

Anonymous said...

The kids that hit him in such a vulnerable position should also be assessed a 10 day "time out". They could have broke this kids neck. No place for this thuggery in high school football.

Anonymous said...

I saw the play and am sorry Marquise doesn't remember it. He didn't do what he was supposed to do. He was supposed to take one step back, go down on his knee, and the game was over. Instead, he backpedaled and rolled to his left. He had East defenders coming after him because the ball was in play. He then decided to go down on his knees and the players couldn't stop. The Mallard Creek coach was furious but was standing over Marquise yelling at him too. I hope he heals quickly and learns from his poor decision. At the same time, the East defender(s) need to learn how to roll off. I think one of them will probably have to sit out 10 days, and probably needs to.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous has it right - it was not thuggery! Both kids made a mistake - the quarterback and the defensive player - but they are the mistakes of kids playing hard. I was there - it was not clear that the quarterback was not going to continue playing. And, for all who want to say it should have been - the play before MC was continuing to play. The Dad was escorted out because he was doing a lot more than just looking at his son - he was railing on the field at people. The penalty was assessed correctly - no player was ejected and shouldn't have been. The Dad was because you cannot go on the field. I am glad QB will be ok - but he needs to sit awhile for health reasons. The way he plays is fun to watch - but he spends a lot of time in harms way - taking a lot of hits because he runs - just as the article says.

Anonymous said...

Langston, when you print a story it's best to print the facts. I was at the game and can see it from both sides. Football is a contact sport and mistakes will be made. That's how you learn the game. I don't think either player meant to hurt the QB but he should have taken a knee the correct way. He was in the act of play.

Sorry he's hurt and yes he should stay out the required # of day to heal. He's still young and to play too early is stupid.

Anonymous said...

We went through this last year. If he was diagnosed with a concussion, he must go 7 days without a headache and pass the concussion test to start the rehab process which takes about a week. If he has no headaches he can return then. He will miss at least one game. That is if the guidelines are followed like everyone else has to.

Anonymous said...

A player died last year in NC from coming back after a concussion (only 2 days!).

wolftv said...

If you saw it as just football, then you're wrong. I couldn't believe they plowed him down while taking a knee. I saw him taking a knee. Maybe the players coming off the end couldn't see it because they were too close??? give me a break. they were ticked becoause they were losing, or some other reason, but it was a very cheap play. I looked at the guy standing next to me and said did you see that? He said, man that was awful.
I didn't care which team won, not a fan of either team. So that is how I saw it. Very cheap play. You can rationalize it anyway you want but it was a cheap play by the defenders.

Anonymous said...

CMS is on the same protocol as cabarrus and I believe Gaston counties. They athletes had a preseason baseline test done. If they are diagnosed with a concussion they must go see Dr. W as hes called and retake the test, if the new test matches up with the baseline then he is cleared to start the rehab process, which consists of progressive activity day by day which is monitored closely by the training staff. If you don't have any headaches of other after effects then you can be cleared for full practice. This is the same program used by the NFL, NHL, and others. I dont know of any reputable Dr. that would clear him to play that soon, and if someone did they should really question his ability to practice medicine.

Anonymous said...

Video shows the play and previous plays. Offense formation was the same - "spread", not victory. Looked like no intention of taking a knee. Check out Youtube, max preps.It should be posted. MC QB took steps back, raised arms while dropping back steps. RB in position of blocker.
Hope QB recovers well and MC coach learns. EM not thugs but blitzers.
Tape shows it all.

Anonymous said...

funny.....I heard EM sent the tape to the State and they were told they were wrong.....penalty stays........dumb dumb.....all that bs talk from EM and even the state said they were wrong.....lol