Friday and Saturday marks the semifinal round for sections in all seven classes around Minnesota. It means teams are one win away from playing for a trip to the state playoffs. It’s what every player who puts on pads in August dreams about.
A Dassel-Cokato teenager is in stable condition at the hospital but having some complications as he recovers from suffering a brain injury on the field that almost killed him. “It was three weeks ago tomorrow that Luke was injured — we’ve had a lot of highs and a lot of lows,” mother Sara Nelson said.
Surgeons had to remove part of Luke Nelson’s skull earlier this month to ease swelling on his brain. The 16-year-old linebacker for Dassel-Cokato was hurt during a tackle, but stayed in the game until he collapsed.
A Dassel-Cokato high school linebacker who collapsed on the field unconscious during a game is responding to doctors and family members following surgery for a serious head injury. According to Perry Thenison, Dassel-Cokato K-12 school’s activities director, Luke Nelson was hurt Saturday night during a football game. Thenison says Nelson, 16, is resting after undergoing surgery Saturday night, and is active and alert.
This week, everybody is in action and most teams will be playing their first games of the season. For a lot of players, it’s the first chance to run out on the field as a varsity football player under the Friday night lights. It’s a thrill for any high school football player.
Football coaches at Dassel-Cokato High School will either be really happy, or really sad when this season is over.
It’s Week 1 in the Minnesota high school football season. For the state’s powerhouses, it’s hopefully just the start of another successful run to the state tournament and maybe even the Metrodome.