Prep quarterback has a broken neck

Monday, September 7, 2009 at 10:48pm

Montgomery Bell Academy quarterback Luke Colbert suffered a broken neck injury when he was hit at the goal line during the team's loss to Ensworth on Friday.

Colbert, a senior, is out for the rest of the season for MBA (2-1). His future sports activity is also in doubt.

“Our thoughts are with Luke,’’ said MBA Coach Daniel McGugin. “He is already out of the hospital (St. Thomas) and is walking. He is so lucky and blessed, it could have been much worse.’’

Through 2½ games, Colbert went 28-of-47 for 293 yards and four TDs. He scored his final high school touchdown on a three-yard run with 4:02 left in the half on the play on which he was injured. That narrowed the gap to 22-7.

“It’s like a C5 vertebrae fracture,’’ McGugin said. “Luke had worked so hard to become our starting quarterback, and it’s very disappointing for him. We’ve lost five starters in the last two games to injury.’’

MBA visits Independence (1-2) in its first road game Friday.

“They (Independence) have a very good team, have a good quarterback, and they’ve been in all three games (close losses to powers Oakland and Brentwood),’’ McGugins said “It will be a tough challenge for us.’’