Lansdowne junior linebacker Steve Sickles was flown by helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center after suffering an apparent neck injury late in the Vikings' 56-14 loss to visiting Hereford last night, according to Lansdowne assistant coach Rick Armijo.
"Steve was pulling to make a block, and he tripped over somebody's feet. And he landed on the crown of his head with about two minutes left in the game," said Armijo, reached at his home last night.
"He was unconscious for about four minutes while paramedics treated him, mobilizing him before the helicopter came and took him off the field.
"I was in the booth when I saw Steve fall to the ground. I said to [Lansdowne coach] Ted Bell, 'Go over to [Hereford coach] Steve Turnbaugh, and let's call the game.' We stopped the game with about two minutes left. Both teams shook hands at the 50-yard line.
"After both teams had their post-game talk, we came to the middle of the field and said a prayer. It was a prayer for both kids, for Steve Sickle and the gentleman [Aaron McKeegan] they lost."
The injury comes in the wake of a near-paralyzing neck injury to Hereford's McKeegan, who had surgery at St. Joseph's Hospital earlier this week to repair two displaced vertebrae, one fractured, in his neck.
Because of McKeegan's injury, possibly the result of a hit taken in Hereford's game last Friday against Franklin, doctors believe McKeegan might never be able to play football again.
Like McKeegan, Sickle, 5 feet 10, 220 pounds, is a promising, two-way underclassman. Sickle plays both offensive lineman and linebacker.
"I know what they're going through because we've gone through it for two weeks in a row," said Turnbaugh, adding that the incident was reviewed several times on film. "We feel for them, their parents, their kids. We'll just pray for the player."
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No. 9 McDonogh 29, Severn 3: Senior quarterback Scott Dolch threw for 212 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a score as the host Eagles (4-0) rolled over the Admirals (1-3). Dolch threw scoring passes of 33 and 40 yards, and added a conversion throw, in the first half to give the Eagles a 15-3 lead at the break.
No. 12 Dundalk 50, Dulaney 9: Rodney Evans rushed for 192 yards and three touchdowns as the host Owls (4-1) drubbed the Lions (0-5).
City 41, Mervo 12: Senior quarterback Jawan Yancey threw for 225 yards and four touchdowns and returned an interception 39 yards for another score to lead the host Knights (2-3).
Long Reach 1, No. 9 Mount Hebron 0: Candice Hills scored off an assist from Kai Freeman with 25: 31 left as the host Lightning defeated the Vikings. Mount Hebron (4-2-1, 1-1) outshot the Lightning (2-3, 1-1), 13-3.
No. 3 Notre Dame Prep 5, Seton Keough 0: Megan Schwartz scored twice to power the Pirates (5-0-1) past the visiting Gators. Notre Dame Prep outshot Seton Keough, 18-4.
No. 5 McDonogh 6, Spalding 0: Lisa Zanti and Jeanetta McGettigan each scored twice as the host Eagles (8-4) won their fifth straight.
No. 10 Mercy 3, IND 3, 2OT: Ashley Iachini's header off a corner kick with 4: 30 left in the second overtime helped the host Magic (4-3-1) salvage a tie with the Indians (5-4-2). IND led, 3-2, in the first overtime on Jessa Karko's goal.
No. 13 Centennial 2, No. 12 Hammond 1: Julie Richter's two first-half goals stood up as the Eagles (4-2, 2-0) handed the host Bears (6-1, 1-1) their first loss of the season. Centennial's win also ended Hammond's string of shutouts at six.
No. 3 Curley 3, Calvert Hall 2, OT: Dale Rothe scored four minutes into overtime to lift the visiting Friars (8-1-1) to a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference win.
Goals by Chris Quigley and Brandon Quaranta in the first 10 minutes of the second half put Curley ahead, 2-1, before Calvert Hall's Mike Pennaccia converted a corner kick midway through the second half to force overtime.
No. 4 Mount Hebron 4, Long Reach 1: Mike Glancey, David Lechtrecker, Matt White and Julius Incoom scored for the host Vikings (5-1).
No. 11 Wilde Lake 3, Howard 1: Bobby Ratcliffe and Michael Dello-Russo scored second-half goals to help the host Wildecats (2-1) break open a close game. No. 12 Glenelg 1, Atholton 0: Evan Lawrence converted off a pass from Josh Burford 20 minutes into the game for the host Gladiators (3-2-1).
No. 1 Bryn Mawr 3, Friends 0: Sarah Sanborn, Rebecca Kiselewich and Meagan Perry each scored as the visiting Mawrtians (10-0) shut out the Quakers (2-4-1). Goals by Sanborn and Kiselewich gave the Mawrtians a 2-0 halftime lead.
Notre Dame Prep 1, No. 6 Garrison Forest 1: Kristen Zatina scored with 7: 53 remaining, and Meredith Phillipp held firm in goal to give the visiting Pirates (3-1-1) a tie with the Grizzlies (1-2-2).
Pub Date: 10/02/99