North Andover Scarlet Knights Football '17

Fri, Nov 10, 2017 07:00 PM @ Lincoln-Sudbury
Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
North Andover 0 7 0 0 7
Lincoln-Sudbury 0 14 0 13 27

DeSouza taken from field in ambulance, North Andover falls in North final

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Friday, November, 10 By David Willis
Staff writer

SUDBURY — A terrifying sequence of events played out in the final moments of North Andover’s Division 2 North semifinal loss to Lincoln-Sudbury on Friday.

Scarlet Knights star Gabe DeSouza had to be taken from the stadium in an ambulance after spending 19 minutes on the field struggling to breathe following a massive hit on a kickoff.

“He seems to be doing alright,” said North Andover coach John Dubzinski. “He was talking and communicating when he left the field. The EMTs said there was no seizure signs. It was very scary. It was awful to see.”

With 1:25 left in the game, DeSouza fielded a kick and was taken hard to the turf.
After standing up, DeSouza took a knee before falling to the field.
DeSouza could be heard gasping for air as police rushed onto the field to assist, one yelling “call 911” to the sidelines.
“On the kickoff he took a shot to the ribs,” said Dubzinski. “He stayed on the field at first. When I talked to him on the field he told me, ‘I blacked out. I couldn’t feel anything, I couldn’t see anything, I couldn’t breathe.’ He was really struggling to breathe. It was really scary. He did not look good.”
Fans and teammates were left in tears as authorities waited for the ambulance to arrive.
DeSouza, whose jersey was cut off, was secured to a backboard, placed on a stretcher and loaded into the ambulance. The rest of the game was not played.
“His eyes went into the back of his head and it was scary,” said Dubzinski. “But as time went on and they took off his helmet and shoulder pads, slowly he regained his faculties. They took him to Boston Children’s Hospital.”
North Andover eliminated
North Andover couldn’t take advantage of a few key opportunities, turned away without points on three trips inside the Lincoln-Sudbury 30-yard line in a 27-7 loss to the unbeaten Warriors in the Division 2 North championship.
“We struggled to make the big play when we needed to,” said Dubzinski. “We couldn’t punch it in. We kept moving backwards and they made the plays when they needed to.
The Scarlet Knights took the opening kickoff and marched to the Lincoln-Sudbury 28-yard line. But after QB Jake McElroy was sacked, North Andover was forced to punt.
On their second drive of the game, the Knights advanced to the Warrior 18-yard line, but turned the ball over on downs.
After Lincoln-Sudbury took the lead, North Andover needed only 35 seconds to tie it up. McElroy hit J.D. Allen for a 51-yard gain, before finding Darren Watson for a 24-yard touchdown. But that would be the final drive the Knights would finish.
Trailing 14-7 early in the fourth, North Andover allowed Lincoln-Sudbury to execute two fourth down conversions, setting up the game-clinching touchdown.
The Knights now turn their attention to Thanksgiving Day, when they host Andover High.
“They were just able to execute,” said Dubzinski. “They were extremely tough to defend. They were always able to get a push on the line. They had a lot of great athletes, and were a very, very good team.”

Game Statistics:

Division 2 North Final


Second Quarter

LS — Andrew Marshall 15 run (Joe Caloiero kick), 7:34

NA — Darren Watson 24 pass from Jake McElroy (Gabe DeSouza kick), 6:56

LS — James Dillon 3 run (Caloiero kick), 1:12

Fourth Quarter

LS — Dillon 3 run (kick failed), 2:52

LS — Braden O'Connell 5 run (Caloierokick), 0:25



RUSHING: North Andover (25-115) — Darren Watson 5-20, Jake McElroy 9-23, J.D. Allen 9-45, Freddy Gabin 1-15, Gabe DeSouza 1-12; Lincoln-Sudbury (40-284) — Andrew Marshall 17-125, James Dillon 9-54, Braden O'Connell 12-98, Kyle Smith 2-7

PASSING: North Andover — McElroy 9-23-0, 108, Watson 0-1-0; Lincoln-Sudbury —  O'Connell 1-6-0, 11

RECEIVING: North Andover — Watson 3-49, Ryan Slattery 2-22, DeSouza 2-23, Jack Walsh 1-9, Allen 1-5; Lincoln-Sudbury — Matt Cunningham 1-12, Rpeter Rizzotti 1-(-1)

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