On Friday night, a Greenville football player was hospitalized after trying to make a tackle during the team’s game against Madison Central.
Early in the 1st quarter, Greenville DB Jeremiah Williams was trying to make a tackle when he fractured two vertebrae in his neck and went down. Play was stopped as the team doctors for Madison Central came onto the field and began to perform CPR.
After a half hour, an ambulance arrived, and Williams was eventually airlifted to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.
Williams, a junior at Greenville High, is now on a ventilator and has been diagnosed with fractures to his C1 and C4 vertebrae.
Following the injury, the game was canceled. A prayer vigil was held at the school on Saturday, and many across Mississippi, including Governor Bryant, are continuing to send their thoughts and prayers to Williams and his family.
“Please keep Greenville HS football player Jeremiah Williams in your prayers today.
It is my prayer the Good Lord will put his healing hands on this young man, his family, and community. The entire state of MS is rallying behind you, Jeremiah,” Governor Bryant tweeted.
Williams reportedly remains in critical condition at UMMC.