HARRISBURG — Drew Ewens' injury in the third quarter of Harrisburg High School's Tuesday night game was a somber occurrence on an otherwise joyous night.
Harrisburg defeated South Callaway 28-6 in a junior varsity contest.
The Bulldogs moved the ball effectively Tuesday, wearing down the South Callaway defense. The scoring started with Ewens catching a 55-yard touchdown pass from Blake Williams. Williams added another touchdown run in the second quarter.
Harrisburg went into the half with a 16-0 lead and never looked back.
The second half was not as enjoyable after Ewens took a hit on the far sideline late in the third quarter.
Ewens, a consistent offensive threat for the Bulldogs all season long, was striding toward the first-down marker on the far sideline when he was spun down out of bounds and came down on the back of his head.
"Whenever I was on the ground over there, he (the trainer) said I was out for a little bit," Ewens said.
But Ewens eventually got back up and walked off the field under his own power. His night, though, was finished — the trainer took his helmet away to make sure he didn't try to get back in the game.
Coach Travis Kinkade said it was standard practice to take a player's helmet if there was any possibility of a concussion, though he was unable to offer an injury assessment for Ewens.
"We'll know more tomorrow," Kinkade said. "He said he started feeling better (and) wanted to go back in, but with concussion stuff you don't take a chance. We'll see what he feels like tomorrow and start our progression from there."
Throughout the contest, several players went down with injuries, causing stoppages of play. South Callaway saw players go down on the opening kickoff and on the game's final play.
The numerous injuries contrasted with the revelry of the home crowd as it honored its seniors at the end of the game.
Bulldog seniors and parents celebrated their first and last year as Harrisburg football players. The Senior Night ceremony was a pleasant ending to a physical game that saw several players on both teams suffer injuries.
Team manager Amber Williams was recognized alongside players Blake Berry, Courtney Franklin, Chris Johnmeyer, Jacob Rudkin and Zach Sublett.
The seniors — flanked on either side by two lines of Bulldogs — were presented with bouquets of flowers as they walked to the 50-yard line to meet their parents.
Franklin, an offensive and defensive linemen, said he couldn't believe how quickly the season had flown by. The Bulldogs are scheduled to play its final game of the program's inaugural season Oct. 25 at Clopton High School in Clarksville, Mo.
"It sucks," Franklin said. "It came way too quick."
"But I've had a ton of fun," he said. "I wouldn't have had it any other way — a perfect season in my book."
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