As the huddle broke, there was a wobble, a stumble, then cornerback Zack McLeod, 16, went down. Football coach John Papas of Buckingham Browne & Nichols ran onto the field. There was fear as Zack lay on the grass unconscious, his brain swelling from a traumatic injury. Zack was in intensive care for five weeks. He was fed through a tube and lost 45 pounds. But he survived.
Zack McLeod (center) cheers at BB&N's senior picture. (Stan Grossfeld / Globe Staff)