UPDATE (Satuday, Nov. 2, 5:35 p.m. Scroll down for original story):
Eastmont senior running back Brian Burt was discharged from the hospital Saturday.
He suffered a contusion to his illic crest — or hip bone — and had some swelling, which made it harder to breathe, Burt’s stepmom Leeza Thomas told Wildcats head coach Doug McGill in a text message.
Thomas said that Burt is resting and can’t put pressure on the spot but is “in good spirits.”
WENATCHEE — It was a tragic end to Eastmont senior Brian Burt’s last game against cross-river rival Wenatchee on Friday at the Apple Bowl.
After running for nearly 100 yards and scoring three touchdowns (each in a different fashion), Burt hit the turf hard in the fourth quarter of the Panthers’ 52-28 win, and didn’t move an inch for at least five minutes.
Trainers thought the speedy back had suffered a hip pointer, but about three minutes later the game was halted to make way for ambulances, which were called because Burt was having problems breathing.
“It gives a little perspective to the game,” Wildcats head coach Doug McGill said. “Brian’s health — we’re obviously more concerned about that than wins and losses.”
It was initially thought that Burt could’ve had some bleeding in his spleen, according to Burt’s stepmother Leeza Thomas (an employee at the Confluence Health), but his status improved greatly once he was given some oxygen and medical attention.
“When he first went down, I was down at the end of the field, I thought he was fine — maybe it was a sprain or a twist of his knee. They kept working on him and I thought it was strange because he stayed down for so long,” Thomas said. “(The doctor) was worried about it because he had a lot of swelling right away. When he became short of breath and the doctor wanted (Brian’s) jersey and pads cut off, I got nervous.”
But even in a scene of such chaos, Thomas said that she was reassured by the swift and able assistance from the community.
“Three other doctors came down (from the stands) to help and assist, so that made me feel comfortable,” Thomas said. “… I knew if anything serious or wrong was happening that he was in good hands. Even during a game like the Battle of the Bridges, both sides were there, helping and supporting, and that was really cool.”
Burt was in stable condition and receiving visitors from the Eastmont and Wenatchee teams when Thomas was reached.
The senior had 99 yards on 18 carries with a 32 yard score on the ground. He also took a kick return to the house on Eastmont’s first possession of the game and had a 14 yard touchdown reception.
“Brian played great,” McGill said. “He came ready to go tonight. The kickoff return gave us a boost. We had a hard time slowing them down and he played his guts out. I’m proud of his effort, just like I’m proud of all of our guys’ effort.”