A Virginia high school football game was brought to a terrifying halt Friday night when three different players for the same team were involved in dangerous injuries on the same play, leading the game to be ended before the final whistle.
As reported by Central Virginia sports site Scrimmage Play, the annual rivalry game between Goochland and Buckingham was halted in the fourth quarter with Goochland leading 49-8 when three players were injured on a single fluky play, with two going down to neck injuries and one to a head injury. All three players had to be brought off the field on stretchers, requiring multiple ambulances to transfer Brandon Moseley, Brycen Newby and Javeon Jones to MCV Hospital in Richmond. Both teams were clearly affected by the incident, with the two sides coming together in a moment of prayer, after which the game was ended prematurely.
“Football is a physical game, not a contact sport but a collision sport,” Goochland football coach Joe Fowler told Scrimmage Play. “That was a heck of a collision where our kid kind of slipped to the ground and all of their defenders came together and hit each other. I think everyone is going to be okay, I hope everyone is going to be okay but right now all our thoughts are with Buckingham.”
The good news for both sides is that all three players were released from the hospital by Saturday night, per Goochland football’s Twitter account.
“You don’t ever want to see a player go down like that on any team,” said Buckingham assistant coach Thomas Sykes as head coach Josh Wallace was unavailable postgame because he rode along with the ambulances. “That’s a tragic moment, not just on our side but on both sides of the ball.”
Both teams will now move forward to focus on their next opponents, albeit with a clear mind on the scary ending to their prior game. Undefeated Goochland will travel to Nottoway while Buckingham hosts Amelia County.