North quarterback stable following procedure

Staff Reports

Columbus North junior quarterback Trenton Kelley was resting Saturday night at Methodist Hospital after undergoing a two-hour procedure to stop bleeding from a ruptured spleen, team doctor Cary Guse said.

Kelley was injured on a hit out of bounds after throwing an interception a little more than a minute into Friday’s 20-14 sectional final loss at Center Grove. The interception was negated by a pass interference penalty, and an additional 15 yards and an ejection were tacked on for a personal foul on the Trojans.

Two plays later, Kelley was hit and injured again as he threw an interception, and this time, he did not return. He was taken by ambulance to Community South, then transferred to Methodist.

Shortly after midnight, a radiologist went in to stop the bleeding from Kelley’s arteries that led to his spleen, Guse said Saturday night.

He said that Kelley was in observation, but “somewhat stable,” and that surgery is not planned. Guse said the typical recovery time for a ruptured spleen is about eight weeks.

Kelley tied North’s single-season school record with 25 touchdown passes this season. He also was a key reserve on last year’s basketball team and a probable starter this season.