A Pennsylvania high school football matchup came to a halt on Friday evening when a distressing incident occurred involving one of the quarterbacks, leading to his hospitalization. The game unfolded between Karns City High School and Redbank Valley High School in Butler County. During the third quarter, Karns City’s quarterback, Mason Martin, began displaying signs of unsteadiness on the field. The referee for the game, Mike Vasbiner, observed this unsettling development, as reported by the Butler Eagle.
“I engaged with him, and when I inquired about his well-being, he responded with a ‘No,'” recounted the referee in his discussion with the outlet. “That’s when I realized that something was amiss.”
Regrettably, Martin then suffered a collapse, prompting immediate action to airlift him to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh. Consequently, the game was prematurely terminated, with Redbank Valley being declared the victor, holding a commanding 35-6 lead at the time of the incident.
The Martin family shared with KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh that their son endured a “significant brain bleed as well as a collapsed lung.”
The high school’s football team conveyed an update from Martin’s mother via their social media platform. The Sunday message conveyed, “Mason’s condition remains critical, showing minimal change over the past 36 hours. The reality is that we’re in need of a miracle. I mention this not to invoke pessimism, but to implore you for the strength of your prayers.”
“Our belief in this young individual is unwavering, but he requires the collective strength and prayers of all. At present, we must await the subsiding of swelling to gauge the extent of the brain’s injuries.”
Karns City Superintendent Eric Ritzert announced on Saturday that a prayer vigil for the senior quarterback was slated to take place on Sunday evening at Diehl Stadium.
“Everyone is invited to join us in a shared moment of prayer,” Ritzert conveyed via social media, as reported by Penn Live. “Counselors will also be present during the community prayer vigil to offer support for those in need.”