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Burrows gets nod for Central Valley game

Barber’s status questionable for Week 10 after concussion

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Burrows gets nod for Central Valley game

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POSTED November 5, 2009 2:57 a.m.
Manteca High senior Matt Barber is out for Friday’s home game against Central Valley and could miss the regular-season finale on Nov. 13 against rival East Union after suffering a concussion in Oakdale last week.

Barber was knocked unconscious with 3 minutes, 48 seconds remaining in the first quarter of last Friday’s Valley Oak League marquee matchup at The Corral after attempting a pass on the run on a fourth-down play.

Manteca ended up losing a 35-23 thriller that keeps it out of the running for a share of the VOL championship, but its concerns were understandably split between the game and the status of its offensive leader.

Coaches were informed during halftime that Barber was conscious and in good spirits at nearby Oak Valley Hospital.

Barber missed school on Monday but returned Tuesday. Manteca head coach Eric Reis said he won’t be able to participate in practice this week.

Manteca (3-2, 5-3 overall) and Central Valley (1-4, 3-5) will kick off Friday’s game at 7 p.m. at Guss Schmiedt Field.

“They did a good job of getting word back to us quickly,” Reis said. “He hasn’t had any headaches, and he seemed back to himself when we saw him in school (Tuesday), so that’s a positive.

“We would love to get him in next week (against East Union), but his health is the biggest thing. Whatever the doctor tells us, we’ll do it.”

After reviewing the game film, Reis said that there was helmet-to-helmet contact on the play and speculates that Barber may have been unconscious before landing on the turf.

Barber regained consciousness shortly after emergency medical technicians came to his aid but was told to remain motionless as a precaution. Reis called it an “extremely scary” 5-10-minute stretch as players, some in tears, gathered around their teammate.

Junior quarterback Matt Burrows, who will get the starting nod Friday, performed masterfully in Barber’s place, leading the Buffaloes’ comeback charge after they fell behind 14-0 early. Manteca led 23-21 with 1:34 remaining in the third.

Burrows completed 13 of 19 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns (one rushing) to no interceptions. All-around threat Jacob Salas could also see some snaps under center over the next two weeks.

“(Burrows) is a winner, we’ve always known that,” Reis said. “We expect his level of play to continue with no drop-off this week, and we have depth at the position that could allow us to do some different things.”
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