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Former Bellmont High School quarterback Joel Bone, who now plays at Marian University, was severely injured Monday evening in a junior varsity football game against Anderson University.
Marian University varsity football coach Ted Karras, Jr., said this morning that Bone was injured in a tackle and suffered fractures to the top two vertebrae in his neck. He was immediately tended to by emergency personnel and taken to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis where he was listed in good condition this morning.
The play in question was one that many Bellmont fans remember well from Bone during the 2008 state championship run. On the third play of the third quarter, he faked a handoff to Trent Busse, also a Bellmont teammate from the 2008 team, pulled the ball away and took off on a quarterback keeper.
He had gained about 10 yards on the play and started to go down when he was hit by a defensive player with helmet-to-helmet contact.
Bone's mother, Roxanne, told the Daily Democrat this morning that "Joel is completely awake and is moving his extremities. Everything's working, he just has the fractures."