Tonawanda News — TOWN OF TONAWANDA — There were only 36 seconds left in last season’s Kenmore West-East rivalry game, and the Blue Devils only needed a conversion on fourth down to clinch the victory.
They gave the ball to their workhorse. That’s when the lights went out on Alex Price.
”I needed to run the clock out. I got the first down but as I was going down all I feel is someone pull on my face mask — there was just a little pop in my neck. I fell and collapsed,” Price said. “I was blacked out for about 30 seconds. That’s all I remember from there.”
Price laid motionless for 20 minutes before being carted off the field, spoiling a hard-fought 13-10 win over the Bulldogs for the junior running back, who was closing in on 1,000 yards on the season. He found out that night he had fractured the C-5 vertebra in his neck; an injury that threatened his athletic future.
He was extra special that day too, slashing and exploding for 160 yards and both Ken-West touchdowns against the Bulldogs.
Blue Devils coach Rich Harris can’t say enough about Price. He called the senior one of the best backs in Western New York.
”He is a great running back. I am a little biased, but I think he’s the best in the AA division,” Harris said. “But he doesn’t put up those type of numbers yet. We’ve had to go to an attack where we’ve had to throw the ball a lot too. We can’t really showcase him as a runner yet, but he has over 100 yards rushing and close to 100 receiving in each (of the team’s first two games this season). He’s got a ton of yards in the return game too.”