Updated below. Two Fridley High School football players suffered injuries in the Tigers' 40-0 playoff loss to Benilde St. Margaret's Tuesday night, according to reports on social media.
Michael Murray had an apparent concussion and Patrick Whalen had a broken leg, according to the Fridley Football Facebook page, but there was some good news Wednesday morning:
Michael's CT scan came back normal and he was released from Unity last night. Pat broke both his tibia and his fibia and will have surgery this morning.
On Twitter during the game, the Benilde-St. Margaret's student news website account, KE Sports, tweeted about Whalen:
Fridley player seriously hurt as the carts are out.
Ambulance on field as this is very serious. Very quiet here and we hope that this player will be able to recover.
The game itself was also tough for Fridley. The Red Knights avenged a 51-21 drubbing by Fridley on Sept. 14 to advance in the playoffs. Fridley quarterback Nick Rathke threw for 199 yards but the Tigers couldn't get on the scoreboard at Benilde-St. Margaret's home field.
Update: Fridley varsity head football coach Adam Fischer didn't want to comment in detail Wednesday about players' injuries in the Benilde-St. Margaret's game, but he said "it was scary," he is "very concerned" about the injured players and is glad "it looks like they're going to be OK."
Compared with the team the Tigers saw and beat handily five weeks before, the Red Knights played "with a lot more intensity, much more physical" Tuesday night, Fischer said.
"It was one of those games when we didn't make the plays," Fischer said. "We had opportunities"—including chances to score inside the Benidle-St. Margaret's 20-yard line.
Looking back at the season, Fischer said there highs and lows, good points and bad. "We're still a relatively young team," he said, with only 11 seniors. The young defense showed improvement from one game to the next. And the team broke the school record for offensive yardage over eight games.
Win or lose, Fischer added, "we grew together as a family" over the course of the season. "Guys might be struggling right now" after the season-ending loss, he said, but they have reason to be proud of their accomplishments.