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MV’s Ertz to miss rest of season

Talked to Monte Vista WR Shane Ertz today after hearing that he’ll miss the rest of the season due to suffering his second major concussion. Here’s what will run in tomorrow’s paper.

Standout Monte Vista High receiver Shane Ertz will miss the rest of the football season after suffering a concussion in a game against Pittsburg on Sept. 19.

Ertz, who said the concussion was the second major one of his career, got hit as he tried to make a catch over the middle in traffic. He said that while falling between two defenders, he took a knee to the head.

“I don’t really remember it. People told me I was laying there not moving for five minutes,” Ertz said. “I just remember feeling really freaked out, kind of like claustrophobic.”

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound senior said he had hoped to follow in the footsteps of his brother, Stanford tight end Zach Ertz, and play Division I college football. Doctors said that another hit like the one he sustained could result in brain damage, and the decision was made to end his season.

Ertz also said he feels lucky that it wasn’t worse, and doctors have told him that he may be able to play basketball in the winter.

Ertz had 11 catches for 164 yards in Monte Vista’s first three games of 2011. He had 10 catches for 231 yards and four touchdowns last season.

The Mustangs play at Granada on Friday in the East Bay Athletic League opener for both teams.

Ben Enos