Air Force cornerback Reggie Rembert should be fine despite suffering a neck injury on Saturday. He had movement in all his extremities and was released from the hospital after tests.
But the scene was frightening, as Rembert was on the turf for about 9 minutes as trainers strapped him to a backboard and wheeled him off on a stretcher.
Coach Troy Calhoun said he would be very cautious when determining when Rembert would return to action. He wouldn’t even rule out that the senior wouldn’t play again, although that scenario seems unlikely as long as all the tests show no abnormalities. Rembert could play next week against BYU, although that will depend on if he can practice during the week.
Rembert was one of three players carted off with neck injuries. Northwestern State offensive lineman Josh Cunningham was taken off on a stretcher in the first quarter, and safety Lance Lacoste was wheeled off in the third quarter. Both players were released from the hospital and flew home with the team.
The injuries were a reminder of the violence on the field.
“It opens your eyes,” Calhoun said. “Not that they’re not opened already. You have kids involved in activities and it’s a phenomenal sport and everything it teaches a kid, but it’s a physical game.”
The Falcons’ defensive line depth suffered a blow when senior end Wylie Wikstrom injured his knee. Calhoun said the initial diagnosis is a torn ACL, which would likely finish his season.
Cornerback Anthony Wright went to the locker room in the fourth quarter, walking gingerly with the trainer, and came back later without his pads on. Calhoun didn’t seem concerned about his condition.
Odds and ends
Receiver Mikel Hunter and freshman running back Marquez Jones each scored the first touchdowns of their careers. … Wright took over punt return duties with Rembert out. He muffed a punt that led to a Northwestern State touchdown. He also returned a punt for a touchdown, but it was called back due to a holding penalty. … Connor Dietz led most of a second-quarter scoring drive when quarterback Tim Jefferson was shaken up and had to leave for a few plays.