Newsome fullback Conner Powers' prolific high school career came to an unfortunate end Friday night, as he suffered a fractured tibia and tears in his MCL and PCL during the third quarter of the Wolves' 50-23 loss to Plant.
Powers, Tampa Bay's leading rusher who racked up more than 4,500 yards in his four-year playing career, ran out to his right, fell to the field grabbing his right knee and remained down for more than 10 minutes. Newsome coach Ken Hiscock said it was a clean hit and a "clean football play," but Powers went down hard and left the field on a stretcher. Paramedics then loaded him into an ambulance and rushed him to the hospital.
Powers remains in Tampa General Hospital, where doctors will decide Sunday on how to approach the injuries.
"It's unfortunate that it had to happen to him like that," Hiscock said.
Powers' junior season was derailed due to a torn PCL, also in his right knee, but he seldom showed signs of it this season for the Wolves. The punishing power back picked up 1,790 yards on 231 carries -- both of which are the most in Tampa Bay -- and scored 28 rushing touchdowns.