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North Andover’s De Souza taken to hospital, reported OK

SUDBURY – North Andover football star Gabe De Souza was transported to Boston Children’s Hospital for a cardiac evaluation on Friday night after collapsing late in the MIAA Division 2 North final against host Lincoln-Sudbury Regional.

De Souza, a junior wide receiver, safety and placekicker for the Knights, fell in a heap with no contact just a few steps after cleanly fielding a kickoff with 1:12 to go in the game.

Both teams immediately cleared the field as medics rushed to the scene. De Souza was carted off the field in an ambulance. His older brother, Gilly, later reported from the hospital that Gabe was OK.

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“On the previous play [an L-S point-after field goal attempt], he took shot to the ribs, and then he stayed on the field,” North Andover coach John Dubzinski said.

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“When I saw him out there, he said ‘I just blacked out. I couldn’t see anything, I couldn’t breathe. When I came out there, he was really struggling to breathe. It was really scary. We pray for the best, but he did not look good.”

With Lincoln-Sudbury ahead, 27-7, the game did not resume. L-S was declared the North champion to clinch its first Super Bowl appearance since 2011.