Good news on Santa Rosa player

Santa Rosa's Travis Baker (Christopher Chung / PD, 2009)

Football took a backseat near the end of Santa Rosa’s 13-0 loss to Windsor on Friday night when senior Travis Baker, one of the Panthers’ most versatile players and a track-and-field star at the school as well, left the field by ambulance.

Baker had remained motionless on the turf after getting pulled to the ground. He was lifted into the ambulance, and Santa Rosa coach Les Richardson left for the hospital immediately after the game to be with his player.

Saturday, Richardson had good news: Baker has a concussion but no damage to his neck or spinal cord.

Concussions are no laughing matter, either. But Richardson believes Baker is doing well and will return to the field within two weeks. Without him, Richardson is missing his “utility man.” Baker has played tight end, quarterback, fullback, halfback and linebacker this season.

Against the Jaguars, he started at tight end before being moved to quarterback.

— Phil Barber, The Press Democrat