Two Deer Lakes High School football linemen suffered head injuries during a game Friday night, sending both players to the hospital by medical helicopter.
Deer Lakes football coach Todd Hazlett said the two players, a 18-year-old senior and 17-year-old junior, were taken to local hospitals as a precaution. Allegheny County dispatchers confirmed two players were injured.
Mr. Hazlett said the players were injured at different times during the game but continued to participate.
One player was pulled off the field in the third quarter, he said, and transported by medical helicopter. Then an incident in the fourth quarter prompted emergency crews after the game to transport the second player.
"I did not a see a particular play," he said. "We were alerted of both [injuries] by their teammates."
Mr. Hazlett said both boys were "woozy" and were apologizing as they stepped off the field.
Mr. Hazlett was en route to the hospitals around 11:30 p.m. Friday. He said one player was transported to Children's Hospital and another to Allegheny General Hospital, though police have not confirmed those locations.
"I can't even begin to describe the emotional [situation]," Mr. Hazlett said. "I know it sounds cliche, but they are my players, my boys."
Friday night's home game against Ford City was also Senior Night.
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