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[16] September 23, 2011

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Bellevue fends off Interlake

Bellevue used a pair of kickoff returns for touchdowns from Budda Baker to beat Interlake 42-20. The Saints, after already being victimized by Baker on the opening kick of the game, opted instead to kick the ball out of bounds and hopefully avoid giving up another score. But the Wolverines chose to force Interlake to kick the ball again and when they did, Baker again took it back for six. He also had an interception on the night. The Wolverines will be back at home to face Lake Washington tonight while Interlake will try to get in the win column for the first time against Mercer Island.

Vikings remain unbeaten in first year

Bellevue Christian moved its record to 2-0 after a 40-21 win over Evergreen (Seattle) on Friday at Lake Washington High School. Quarterback Kemper McQuaid went 16-26 through the air for 305 yards and four touchdowns. BCS fell behind early, but rebounded to take a 26-7 lead into the half. Bryce Oldham, Rajan Hanstad and Nick Schubert all caught touchdown passes from McQuaid. Austin Razor added a rushing score and Josh Hazen took an interception back 50 yards for a first-half touchdown. The Vikings will travel to La Conner for their first road game of the year tonight.

Totems dropped by Noel, Liberty Blake Miller, a senior at Issaquah High School, had high hopes for the 2011 football season and continuing his career in college. But after three concussions in the past calendar year, Miller was sidelined permanently and is now an assistant coach for the Eagles. CHAD COLEMAN, Bellevue Reporter

Head Games

Fowler’s two TDs lead Newport in win

Concussions to youth athletes getting increased attention From afar, Blake Miller looks like any other up-and-coming high school football coach. He exudes energy, clearly possesses a knowledge of the game and has a seamless connection with the players he works with. Probably because just a few months ago, he was one of them. During a jamboree in June, Miller, now a senior at Issaquah High School, suffered the sixth concussion of his life and third in the past calendar year, prematurely ending his football career. “I don’t remember it,” Miller said of his most recent concussion. “But

when I got hit, I knew I was done. It was rough.” Unfortunately, Miller is far from alone. A concussion is defined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention as “a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that can change the way the brain normally works.” Symptoms include headaches, nausea, trouble balancing, dizziness, sensitivity to light or sound and concentration or memory problems, among others. Around 90 percent of concussions do not result in any loss of consciousness. Dr. Stephen Hughes is a primary care physician specializing in traumat-

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ic brain injuries at Overlake hospital in Issaquah and has served as the team doctor for the Mount Si High School football team since 1990. “We want people to be very much aware that a concussion injury, in many cases, is something you can’t prove with a medical test (CT scan, MRI etc.),” Hughes said. “A concussion is a collection of symptoms.” Those symptoms are signs the brain is still attempting to recover from trauma and more importantly, they are a warning. “If you take another injury, the brain has lost its ability to regulate the

Junior quarterback Isaac Dotson got his team started on the first drive of the game, going in from four yards out to make it 7-0. Two possessions later, Neil Hones intercepted Bothell signal-caller Austen Dahl to give his team the ball back with just over two minutes remaining in the first quarter. After moving to the Bothell one yard line on another carry from Dotson, Hones went in to make it 13-0 Newport. The Cougars answered with a touchdown of their own from junior running back Kizham Proctor and a 31-yard field goal to make it 13-10 at the half. After beginning the first drive of the third quarter deep in Knights’ territory after a long kick return and personal foul penalty, Proctor added his second score of the night to put his team in front 17-13. But it was too much Dotson down the stretch. Newport faced a 4th and two from the Bothell nine yard line, but were pushed back ten yards after consecutive delay of game penalties. Head coach Mike Miller opted to keep his offense on the field instead of attempt the field goal and his quarterback made sure the gamble paid off when he hit junior Miles Fowler for a sixteen yard score. “13 [Dotson] is a great player,” Bothell head coach Tom



Sammamish was overwhelmed by Liberty running back Hamilton Noel, who scored three rushing touchdowns en route to the Patriots’ 54-7 win. Sammamish’s Austin Lee prevented the shutout with a 76-yard third quarter touchdown run. The Totems will travel to Juanita tonight to face the 1-2 Rebels.

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Head Games: Part I  

The first in a two-part series on the local impact of concussions in youth sports.

Head Games: Part I  

The first in a two-part series on the local impact of concussions in youth sports.