Shawnee Mission West senior Andre Maloney was taken from the football field at SM South District Stadium by ambulance Thursday during the second quarter of a 37-34 loss against Leavenworth.
Maloney had just scored on a long touchdown pass when he became disoriented on the sideline.
Vikings athletic director Don Perkins said because Maloney was not tackled on the play, the cause of Maloney’s distress wasn’t immediately known.
"He was pretty much untouched, so I don’t think anybody would say it happened on the play," Perkins said.
SM West coach Tim Callaghan said Maloney grabbed a water bottle and was headed to the other end of the bench after a 63-yard touchdown reception when he "got dizzy and lost functioning."
Maloney sat down on the bench but never lost consciousness. He was treated by two doctors and SM West’s trainer on the sideline before emergency personnel arrived and took him to Overland Park Regional Medical Center.
He was subsequently transferred to Research Medical Center, which has a dedicated neurological ICU at the Midwest Neuroscience Institute.
"I really can’t comment other than the fact that he was taken to the hospital," Perkins said. "For me to say anything else would be speculation, but obviously our thoughts and prayers are with him."
Maloney, who has verbally committed to the University of Kansas, enjoyed a breakout year as a junior last season, helping SM West win the program’s first Class 6A state championship since 1985.
Maloney was an honorable mention All-Metro performer, catching 24 passes for 518 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also made 42 tackles with four interceptions and 12 pass breakups as a safety and returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
The Vikings led 21-10 when Maloney was taken to the hospital but lost on a missed field goal with 8 seconds remaining.