Last night marked the end of the football season for our cheerleaders and football players. And the final game for one local boy that is now in heaven.
Our last game was against the Spring Hill Broncos. It was an intense game with many touchdowns. At half time the football players went to the locker room and Brooke and the rest of the Dazzlers performed their dance and then the band began performing. As the band performed we started hearing sirens and an ambulance pulled onto the track. We all began to notice a crowd of people on the other side of the track. A little while later the field and track were cleared of people and Life Flight landed, loaded someone and left. It was announced that #44 Nathan Stiles, a senior Broncos player, had been injured. The game resumed after both teams met in the middle of the field to say a prayer for Nathan. The game ended with a final score of 72 to 99, the Broncos won.
Sadly this morning it was announced that Nathan Stiles died from his injuries. It is being said that he had suffered a previous concussion but was cleared to play last night. At the end of the second quarter he was hit hard on the field, collapsed after walking to the sidelines and began seizing.
Facebook was exploding this morning with prayers for family and friends as our students found out the news. Such a sad shocking time for everyone. :(
It seems to me that there needs to be way more precautions taken when it comes to preventing head injuries. The boys on our team have had many players suffer concussions this season. One incident resulting in one of our boys being Life Flighted, thankfully in his case things turned out ok. One young life lost is too many!