By BRYAN GASKINS Kokomo Tribune
---- — Northwestern football coach John Hendryx offered some good news after visiting injured player Michael Plummer in the hospital on Sunday.
“He is doing better,” Hendryx said. “His family is not sure, but they’re thinking he’ll get to come home Tuesday or Wednesday. Obviously, you don’t know for sure, but it looks like if he keeps progressing, that is what will happen.”
Plummer collapsed when running from the sideline to join a huddle during the Tigers’ game Friday night at Peru. He was eventually taken by LifeLine to Fort Wayne’s Lutheran Hospital where he is being treated for a concussion. Hendryx noted Plummer underwent a CT scan Friday night and another one Saturday with the second one showing a sizable reduction in the size of the hemorrhage.
“He is a lot better [Sunday night] than he’s been,” Hendryx said. “I got to talk with him a little bit. We did not talk a lot. He is still in quite a bit of pain.”
It’s unsure when Plummer suffered the concussive hit. Hendryx said the senior running back/defensive back did not take a big hit in Friday’s game, which means it possibly happened in the previous week’s game.
Hendryx said Plummer seemed OK when the trainer was asking him the standard concussion questions after he collapsed. But, his condition started to take a turn for the worse when his breathing became labored.
“I’ve coached a long time, a lot of years, and injuries are a part of football. I’ve seen some that weren’t very good, but that’s probably the first time I’ve been on a football field and been really scared,” Hendryx said.
Hendryx is thankful for how people helped Friday night. He also noted his appreciation for the outpouring of prayers and words of support from places near and far.
“I just want to thank all those people because I have a lot of trust in the medical profession, but not near the trust that I have in the Lord and what he does so I just really appreciate all the prayers sent out to Mike that night,” he said.
Plummer was enjoying another big game Friday night. He had rushed for around 100 yards and a touchdown in one quarter of work, pushing his season totals to more than 900 yards and 15 touchdowns for the 5-3 Tigers.
The IHSAA on Sunday night announced pairings for its upcoming football sectionals. Play in Class 5A begins Nov. 1. Play in the other classes begins Oct. 25.
Four of Howard County’s five teams — Kokomo, Western, Taylor and Eastern — will open at home. If Kokomo wins, it likely would face Class 5A No. 1-ranked Westfield in the championship round. Western and Northwestern are part of a loaded Class 3A Sectional 28 field.
There are a pair of area-vs.-area matchups in the opening. In Class 2A, Cass visits Tipton. And in Class A, Clinton Central visits Tri-Central.
The Cass-Tipton matchup is a promising one. Tipton ranks No. 1 in the area with eight sectional titles all-time. Cass ranks No. 2 with seven.
The following are the pairings.
Class 5A Sectional 11
McCutcheon (3-5) at Kokomo (4-4)
Westfield (7-1) at Harrison (0-8)
Class 3A Sectional 26
Twin Lakes (4-4) at Culver Academy (5-3)
Fairfield (7-1) at Maconaquah (5-3)
Jimtown (6-2) at Tipp. Valley (5-3)
Rochester (6-2) at Peru (4-4)
Class 3A Sectional 28
Mississinewa (5-3) at Western (7-1)
Delta (5-3) at West Lafayette (8-0)
Yorktown (7-1) at Eastbrook (6-2)
Northwestern (5-3) at Blackford (1-7)
Class 2A Sectional 35
Southmont (3-5) at Taylor (0-8)
Delphi (4-4) at Benton Central (1-7)
North Putnam (0-8) at Lafayette Catholic (7-1)
Cass (5-3) at Tipton (5-3)
Class 2A Sectional 36
Elwood (5-3) at Lapel (2-6)
Frankton (1-7) at Alexandria (6-2)
Oak Hill (6-2) at Madison-Grant (2-6)
Bluffton (4-4) at Eastern (2-6)
Class A Sectional 42
Carroll (4-4) at North White (5-3)
Seeger (3-5) at Pioneer (6-2)
South Newton (1-7) at Frontier (1-7)
Tri-County (3-5) at Caston (2-6)
Class A Sectional 44
Indy Tindley (2-6) at Indy Shortridge (6-2)
Clinton Prairie (2-6) at Indiana Deaf (5-3)
Clinton Central (1-7) at Tri-Central (7-1)
Indy Arlington (2-4) at Sheridan (4-4)