Baldwin football player suffers serious injury during Friday's game



PITTSBURGH - A Baldwin High School football star is still recovering from a serious injury sustained Friday night against Woodland Hills.

Baldwin junior defensive back Jay Morrison was taken off the field on a stretcher after getting injured during Baldwin's 35-7 loss to Woodland Hills.

The hit, which coaches called clean, came in early in the first quarter when Woodland Hills' running back, 6-foot, 230-pound senior fullback Alex Beasley, broke through the line and smashed into the 5-foot-9-inch, 175-pound defensive back.

"When I was in the game, I hit him, but I didn't realize that I hit him. The only thing I remember is when I woke up, all of the coaches were on the field. I thought it was the next play or something," Morrison said.

The game was stopped for nearly 20 minutes while Morrison was being attended to. He was strapped to a backboard by EMS personnel before he was transported to UPMC Children's Hospital.

"I couldn't feel my arm and couldn't get up," Morrison said. "When I got in the ambulance, I finally started to feel my arm."

Morrison remains at the hospital with neck and arm injuries.

Morrison told Channel 11's Julie Fine that he hopes to be back by the playoffs, or by next season at the latest.

He also said he's not upset with Beasley, and actually looks forward to playing against him again.

Morrison's injuries come as more high school players are suffering serious head injuries than ever before.

High school football players suffered 14 traumatic brain injuries with long-lasting damage in 2011, higher than any number in more than 25 years.