The entire scene, Sue O’Malley concedes 10 months later, was a bit overwhelming, and certainly a reality check.
Her three sons, Sean, Jake, and Brian, seemingly indestructible, never suffering more than a scratch in hundreds of games, from youth sports to college, were grounded. All three were healing their wounds on a pair of beds rolled into the family room, along with a couch, of their Medfield home.
And that is why their family reunion Saturday afternoon in Amherst, for the 91st clash between the host Lord Jeffs and Bowdoin will carry such significance, and raw emotion for the O’Malley clan.
Three brothers, separated by four years, suiting up for a game on the same field, for the first, and likely last time, in their lives. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.