At a time when concussion fears are one of football's hottest topics, a scary scene in preseason play at Orangewood Christian last week could have been the poster picture.
Orangewood's sophomore standout, Jimmy Martin, lost his helmet while returning a kickoff against Daytona Beach Father Lopez and kept on trucking while the hard hat rolled away. The rulebook says play ends when a ballcarrier loses his helmet, but referees were slow to blow the whistle as Martin was gang-tackled.
He absorbed at least one glancing shot to the head as he went down. Martin was dazed as he was helped off the field and attended to by Orangewood's trainer before being driven to an emergency room. Fortunately, all indications are that he is fine, aside from a bruise on one side of his head that looks something like a rug burn.
Martin's father said all tests, including a CT scan, were negative. The 5-foot-11, 211-pound running back-linebacker was back at practice Monday.
"I actually feel fine," Martin said Monday night. "Coach [Bill Gierke] said next time your helmet comes off, run out of bounds or wait until they blow the whistle. It was in the heat of the moment. It never really occurred to me that something bad could have happened. Now I know."
Martin is expected to play Saturday when Orangewood Christian plays at Orlando Christian Prep at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
A new high-school rule says a player whose helmet comes completely off without it being directly attributable to a penalty by an opponent must leave the game for at least one play. Officials say the intent is to make sure helmets are fitted properly and buckled.
A new NCAA provision makes it a 15-yard penalty if an athlete continues play after losing his helmet.
Come and go
Tuesday's arrival of major-college prospect Marquion Lane to Deltona Trinity Christian from DeLand increases the count to 11 football transfers the Eagles have gained. Most came via public-school neighbors Deltona and Pine Ridge.
But the pendulum swung the other way in basketball. Deltona hired longtime college assistant Denny Hinson from Trinity and landed four good underclassmen who were with him for his one region runner-up season with the Eagles: Chad Brown (6-5, Soph.), Jerome Monroe (6-6, Jr.), Torrey Mayo (5-7, Soph.) and Hinson's son, Evan (6-1, Fr.).
Deltona also added All-Seminole County guard Marko Smith, who averaged 20.4 points and 7.1 rebounds for Lake Mary Prep as a junior.
"This gets me back into a teaching position," coach Hinson said of the move.
Two Florida Class 3A football contenders played openers a week early and were ready. University School of Broward County scored a 33-14 ESPN TV victory in Cincinnati over Trotwood-Madison, which was a 15-0 Ohio champ last season. Jacksonville Trinity routed Goodpasture Christian (0-2) of Tennessee 46-3 at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Ky.
This week, Miami Central, ranked No. 1 nationally by USA Today, will open at Loganville, Ga., Grayson, which is ESPN's No. 1, in a game tape-delayed on ESPNU at 11:30 Friday night. The game can be seen live at espn3.com at 7:30. Grayson defeated Edgewater 49-21 last year.
Reigning 7A state champ Bradenton Manatee, the MaxPreps No. 1, will host 8A power Miramar at 3 p.m. Sunday on ESPN2.
Based on Kickoff Classic showings, Freedom and Lake Mary might deserve inclusion in our Sentinel Super 16 — seen in today's football season preview section. If the Patriots top No. 11 Timber Creek and the Rams win at Winter Park on Friday, I'd say they'll both crash the party. . . .
Agape Christian restored its accreditation and is back in good graces with the Florida High School Athletic Association. That throws the Saints back into a 2A district race where Lakeland Victory Christian and Lake Mary Prep claimed the 2011 playoff berths.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times