An unfortunate tumble in the bleachers went beyond the stands and has reached more than a million views online after an Arrowhead High School student’s video went viral.
The video shows Arrowhead student Max Marsalli, a member of the school’s Gators, the leaders of the student section at Arrowhead athletic events. Marsalli was attempting to “part the Black Sea,” as Arrowhead students were decked out in black, at Arrowhead’s football game versus Oconomowoc on Sept. 22.
Marsalli planned to run the Arrowhead flag up and down the stands while students on either side moved out of his way. He had successfully “parted the Red Sea” at a volleyball game earlier in the week.
Fellow student Amelia Holland was filming to record the video for posting on the 2018 AHS Gators Twitter account.
On his way down, Marsalli tripped and fell down several rows of bleachers, leaving his fellow students in stunned silence. Emergency medical technicians who were onsite checked Marsalli out and found no signs of a concussion, and found only a slight elbow fracture.
He ended up getting a sling for his elbow the next morning.
Holland, who filmed the video, feared the worst as she saw Marsalli tumbling down the bleachers.
“He started coming down way too fast. He was taking two, three bleachers and just came tumbling down,” Holland said. “Then he hit the railing right there, and he just passed out. That’s the time where I ended the video because I started crying right away. I thought he was dead because one of his friends leaned over and checked his pulse. No one was saying anything. It was just silent.”
Marsalli said other students couldn’t believe he wasn’t in worse shape when he returned to school Sept. 25.
“Basically, they were all like, ‘How do you not have a concussion?’ and ‘How are you not worse off?'” Marsalli said. “They were also happy I was OK, but still, they were so confused and I was so confused with them, like ‘I just don’t know.'”
Superintendent Laura Myrah said in an email that Marsalli would need to keep himself and his flag on flat ground in the future. Myrah also said she was glad Marsalli is OK and acknowledged his school spirit.
As for whether he’d do it again, Marsalli said he wouldn’t do it anytime soon.
Arrowhead quarterback Jeff Holtz scores his first of three touchdowns to give the Warhawks a 7-0 lead in a 44-7 rout of Oconomowoc on Sept. 22. Andrew Gruman
The video started off as a post on the 2018 AHS Gators Twitter feed, with the post telling people to share and retweet it. On Saturday morning, both Marsalli and Holland saw that Barstool Sports had posted the video, eventually garnering more than a million views.
It even had Holland’s cousin and friends asking about it at a high school football game in Appleton the day after Marsalli’s fall.
“We knew that the whole school would know about it, but we didn’t think it would go further than that really. It’s kind of blown up,” Holland said.
“Everyone can relate to a football game and having school spirit, so it’s like when they see it, everyone’s like ‘OK, I get it.’ It’s entertaining for everyone.”