High School Sports

Indians' Brandt airlifted after hit

Ian Brandt, a freshman football player at Westminster Catawba Christian School, was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte on Monday after a collision in the end zone during a football game at the school.

Brandt was listed in serious condition at CMC on Monday night, a hospital spokesperson said. The injury forced the cancellation of the game late in the third quarter with Charlotte's Kennedy School holding a 20-7 lead.

Brandt, a 6-foot-4 185-pound wide receiver, was attempting to catch a pass when the injury occurred. He appeared to reach down as the ball approached and the play was broken up by clean tackles from two Kennedy defenders.

Brandt lay motionless on the field after the play. Medical personnel rushed to his aid. WCCS head coach Mike Scurlock followed soon afterward and then Brandt's mother, Ellen, ran on to the field to be with her son.

Local emergency medical technicians responded and surrounded Brandt, who could be seen moving his hands.

"He (Brandt) took a shot to the head by a knee of the opponent," Scurlock said. Scurlock motioned with his palm to show the knee struck Brandt under his chin and forced his head back. The coach said Brandt suffered a concussion from the blow. Further details about his condition were not available.

The game was postponed in the third quarter Friday night due to heavy rain and lightning in the area. The game resumed at about 6:45 p.m. Monday.

Brandt's injury occurred at 7:04 p.m.

An announcement was made shortly thereafter that the game was called off. The field and stands were cleared to allow the helicopter to land near the west end zone.

At 7:38 p.m. Brandt and his mother were airborne.

"We're not going to re-schedule the game," Scurlock said. "We can't ask the players to get themselves ready to play after something like this. We think it is more important to try to support the family as best we can right now."