Hanson Suffers Concussion in Rivalry Win

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- A concussion forced Braden Hanson out of the rivalry game between Latin and Country Day with over eight minutes left to play in a tie ball game. However, a trick play at the 1:25 mark of the fourth quarter allowed Latin to pull out the 20-13 victory.

Hanson, a 6-foot-6, 190-pound quarterback from Latin, had arguably his worst night of the season throwing. He fumbled the ball during a scramble and tossed two interceptions to his one touchdown for 125 yards on 12-of-18 passing.

"I feel really terrible," a dazed Hanson said postgame. "At least from what I can remember, I let my teammates down in the first half with some of the plays that I made. We got off to a shaky start."

Surprisingly, Hanson, who is classified as a pocket passer, was able to rack up the yardage with his legs rushing for 88 yards on 15 carries.

"We had to [run a lot more then usual]," Hanson said. "It was working and Ben [Ashcraft] our fullback was blocking really well. I broke a couple of runs [that] if I had any speed at all I probably would have been in the end zone."

Taking advantage of Latin's turnovers, Country Day managed a 13-0 lead late in the second quarter.

With 1:09 left in the first half, Hanson capped off a four-play, 23-yard drive with a Tim Tebow-like jump pass to Brenton Bersin for a two-yard touchdown.

"It was a really lucky pass that got bobbled," Hanson said.

On the first drive of the second half, Hanson led Latin's offense on a 14-play, 68-yard drive that ate over six minutes off the clock and resulted in a 29-yard field goal.

Hanson orchestrated another drive that set up a field goal and tied the game at 13, early in the third quarter.

After Hanson's final scoring drive he was pulled from the game. Two possessions later a reversal pass went 48 yards for the game winning touchdown.

Little info about Hanson's concussion was available after the game.


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