He was down on all fours. His eyes were rolling around in his head like a marble in an earthquake. He then got up and the drama increased.
"Dad, Dad," Hammond senior quarterback Eric Schreiber Jr. said on Sept. 21. "He told me later I couldn't remember my name. Or the score."
Schreiber was diagnosed with a concussion after the game against West Side. He missed two and a half contests. This wasn't the first time. It has been a reoccurring theme for the young man from a strong football family.
"I got some headaches," Schreiber said. "I had some strange sensations with light and sound."
The kid who's played football since he was 5, got his first concussion in seventh grade and was out for two weeks. He had another his freshman year at Michigan City. Then, another one at Hammond his sophomore year when he followed his father, Eric Schreiber Sr., to the Wildcats' program.
Football is under attack by many in America. There are lawsuits with the NFL. The President even mentioned it. College and high school football administrations are working hard to make the violent game much safer.
"There is risk in anything you do," Hammond coach Eric Schreiber Sr. said. "You can tear your knee making a cut on the basketball court. I don't think we need to stop playing football."
"When I got back on the field in Week 8 I felt like I was exactly where I was supposed to be," Schreiber Jr. said. "There are people who think football is a dangerous sport. But how can they know if they never played? I think it's ignorant.
"Football is not a soft sport. But we shouldn't stop playing it."
After being cleared to play by Community Hospital's Concussion Clinic, Schreiber Jr. and his Wildcats have been on a roll. Hammond beat Gavit 58-6, Clark 46-28 and Roosevelt 41-0 in last Friday's Class 3A Sectional 25 opener.
Hammond (4-6) plays host to John Glenn (5-5) in Friday's semifinal.
Schreiber has thrown for 506 yards and 10 touchdowns in his three games back.
The once option QB is not running much and is throwing in a spread set. That's one way to keep the concussion at bay.
"I know I can complete any pass on the field," Schreiber Jr. said. "I just have to get more relaxed in this new set."
Several small college coaches have contacted the Schreibers about an opportunity for the lefty. The family will take some time once the prep season is over before making a decision.
"We have to play disciplined offense and defense," Schreiber Jr. said. "We have to protect the football. We have to be more prepared. We're going to give it everything we have because if we lose, we get knocked out.
"We don't want that to happen."