EL DORADO –
The community of El Dorado is holding its collective breath tonight, waiting for word on a junior varsity football player who collapsed at Friday night's game.
According to Nick Brown's family, the football player required emergency brain surgery.
As serious and troubling as the situation is, what's even more troubling: there were two JV football players who needed emergency medical help after the game.
As of right now, the administration at Union Mine High School in El Dorado says, they don't know why.
"Not immediately obvious, no. There was no significant collision that we're aware of or play that caused this. There was no, as I understand it, or complaints during the game," Superintendent Stephen Wehr said.
Nick Brown and Justin Schwartz are both running backs for Union Mine.
According to witness accounts, Brown, whose injuries are the more grave, told his coach he was feeling ill as the game ended. Eventually, he collapsed and had to be air-lifted to emergency care.
"Energy here of really supporting the family and the community in their recovery. So that is our primary focus. But also doing some good quality work in trying to determine how this occurred," said
Wehr says the answers are crucial to the game plan at Union Mine, one that he says emphasizes safety.
"We work very hard at insuring their safety in the sense of how we teach them to play the game, and the expectations that we have and they have of us,” said
Nick Brown's family said tonight through Twitter, that he is responding to their presence at his bed side in the hospital, and that can only be a good sign for chances at a full recovery.
There has been no word on the condition of Schwartz.