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High school QB Zack Darlington diagnosed with concussion

In an early season marquee national matchup televised by ESPN, Byrnes (S.C.) High School beat Apopka (Fla.) High School, but the outcome was overshadowed by a scary injury late in the game.

Apopka QB Zack Darlington, who’s committed to Nebraska, was taken off the field on a stretcher and transported by helicopter to a hospital.

But the injury doesn’t appear to be serious, according to his athletic director, who was at the game in Duncan, S.C.

“The diagnosis is that he has a concussion and has to be under observation for 24 hours,” Apopka athletic director Fred Priest told the Orlando Sentinel. “His parents (Rick, Apopka’s coach, and Shelly) are staying here with him while the team returns home.'”

Ty Darlington, Zack’s older brother and a sophomore at Oklahoma, was watching the game on TV and told the Sentinel that he’d spoken to his mother and she said Zack was moving and had spoken to her.

Darlington took a hit, a legal one noted by the Orlando Sentinel, near the sideline in the fourth quarter. On the TV broadcast, ESPN reported that Darlington was receiving oxygen when he was removed from the field.

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ESPN also reported that Darlington did not lose consciousness and was moving on his own before being airlifted. Darlington’s father, Rick Darlington, is Apopka’s head coach.

Darlington led Apopka to the Class 8A state title in Florida last season. Apopka beat Cypress Bay, 53-50, in that game and Darlington reportedly played with a broken wrist on his throwing arm. He had 125 rushing yards and a 9-yard TD run and was 13 of 21 passing for 254 yards and TD tosses of 13 and 69 yards.

Byrnes — where former South Carolina and current ’49ers running back Marcus Lattimore played — won the game, 51-36.

UPDATE [5:35 p.m.]:


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