D-NH football falls behind West Lyon in quarterfinal loss

Dike-New Hartford seniors Noah Epley, Nathan Graves and Zach Starbuck help raise the Wolverines’ state participant trophy after last Friday’s state quarterfinal loss to West Lyon. (Kristi Nixon/Mid-America Publishing)

DIKE — Already trailing 14-7 and No. 8 West Lyon starting another drive in which it would score, top-ranked Dike-New Hartford’s prolific starting quarterback Drew Sonnenberg went down hard playing defense.

 

The senior apparently suffered a concussion after hitting his head hard, getting hit by another player and hitting his head on the ground again.

 

Sonnenberg never returned as West Lyon, Inwood, went on to turn in a 36-14 Class 1A state quarterfinal victory at Dike-New Hartford High School.

 

“It’s something we don’t expect to happen,” senior running back Cade Bennett said. “We just needed to keep our heads high and keep battling. We didn’t know what was going to happen next. We had an inexperienced quarterback coming up and it was like, ‘well, we just have to finish it.’ Keep battling, you know?”

 

Sonnenberg was seen getting concussion testing on the sideline following the play in which he lay on the far sideline for some time.

 

“He is one of our leaders out there, it made it difficult,” head coach Don Betts said. “The guys rallied around and we had some chances and whatnot. It was just a tough way all around for them.”

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