A high school quarterback collapsed on the field during a game and the country is deep in prayer hoping he can make it out alive.
A scary injury led to the suspension of a high school football game Friday night. Karns County quarterback Mason Martin left the game in the third quarter against RedBank Valley after game official Mike Vasbiner noticed the player’s visibly shaky status.
Mason Martin, a senior quarterback for the team, was flown to Pittsburgh’s UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. The family told Pittsburgh’s CBS News station KDKA Saturday that he suffered a “significant brain bleed as well as a collapsed lung.”
A post on X from Stacy King Martin by team’s account Sunday said Mason Martin “remains in critical condition with little change over the last 36 hours.”
“The truth is we need a miracle,” the post read. “I’m not saying that to sound grim, but to let you know that we need the strength of your prayers. No one believes in this kid more than us, but he needs everyone’s strength and prayers.”
The family said he was involved in a hit or tackle and continued playing defense without issue. Later on, he would come back back on the field for the return kick-off but noticed he was stumbling and collapsing.
Referee Mike Vasbiner noticed it.
“I had to talk to him, and when I asked if he was alright, he told me, ‘No,’” the referee told the outlet. “So, that’s when I knew something was wrong.”
The game was cut short as first responders flew Martin to the hospital. Redbank Valley was determined the winner as they led 35-6 at the time.
Karns City Superintendent Eric Ritzert stated a prayer vigil for the senior quarterback would be held Sunday night at Diehl Stadium.
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