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On the first play of the season, Everett linebacker Egan Gouveia suffered what appeared to be a serious injury. While attempting to tackle Springfield Central receiver Andre Ellison on the opening kickoff, the junior collided with a teammate and remained motionless on the field for several minutes.

Gouveia’s head and neck were immobilized until first responders arrived at Veterans Memorial Stadium and rushed him to Massachusetts General Hospital. While the Crimson Tide suffered a 40-12 loss to open the season, assistant coaches were happy to learn that Gouveia was awake and speaking at MGH.

“Our prayers our with Egan,” said Everett coach Theluxon Pierre. “We got word that he’s doing OK, so that’s the most important thing tonight. When you take a blow like that, losing one of the beloved members of the team, it’s going to hurt, but that’s no excuse for why we lost tonight.”

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