Oakland high school football game ends in third quarter because of serious injury

OAKLAND — An Oakland Athletic League high school football game between Castlemont and host Oakland on Friday night was called off midway through the third quarter after a player on the home team suffered an injury that required emergency medical attention.

Tevita Likio, a freshman offensive lineman, suffered head and neck injuries while being blocked on a punt return, Oakland coach Brandon Allen told the Bay Area News Group in a text message on Saturday afternoon.

“He is still in the hospital and I don’t know when he will be discharged yet,” Allen said. “Still waiting on an update.”

The injured player is doing OK but will be out for the remainder of the season, Allen added.

Firefighters and EMTs were called to the school located at 1023 MacArthur Blvd. but took a while to get onto the field because of vehicles that were blocking entry points, Castlemont offensive coordinator Omar Kharroub said.

It took about an hour for the injured player to get transported out of the school, according to Kharroub.

Castlemont led 22-0 when the game was called.

The Castlemont player who was involved in the play was visibly upset and showed remorse, Kharroub noted.

“We had to kind of console him because he didn’t feel right about it,“ Kharroub added. “It wasn’t a dirty play by no means. Nobody even knew what happened until we saw the player down and getting treated.”

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