“I was going in for a tackle and I put my head down wrong. I felt a really sharp pain in my neck, and I couldn’t really pick up my head when I fell down,” senior Ja’Vonte Ross-Mason said.
On Oct. 25, the Blue Valley North Mustangs faced Shawnee Mission South in a dual at Blue Valley’s DAC. After holding their own for much of the game, the Mustangs eventually lost; however, that was not what students were talking about after the game. Cornerback Ross-Mason had a frightening scare at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
“I could move my hands and my legs. I tried to sit up and the pain just got real worse so they had to call the ambulance,” Ross-Mason said. “At first I wasn’t [scared], but once they said they called the ambulance, I started to get a little scared.”
After 30 minutes at the hospital, Ross-Mason left relieved with his diagnosis.
“I had pulled a muscle in my neck. I’m fine but I have to go to the doctor in about a week,” Ross-Mason said.
Ross-Mason’s injury served as an encouragement for the football team in their last game versus Blue Valley Northwest. Ross-Mason wasn’t able to play, but he served as a motivator on the sidelines. The team was thrilled to see their cornerback healthy again.
“When I showed up, the other players were happy to see me happy and okay,” Ross-Mason said.
North is done with their football season, but for Ross-Mason, he’s happy to be healthy.
“I’m on pain medications still, but I’m fine. I feel good,” Ross-Mason said.