High School Football Player Undergoes Brain Surgery After Suffering Serious Concussion In Game

Friday night's high-school football game between San Luis Obispo (Cal.) and Oxnard is best known as the game before which a cheerleader nearly got impaled and totally got trampled during player introductions.

She got up and cheered, so it was a near miss. What happened later in the game, though, was not.

Adrian Padilla, a senior safety with the Oxnard team, suffered a serious concussion in the Friday night game against San Luis Obispo High School. According to witnesses, he was able to walk off the field but collapsed on the sidelines. He underwent emergency brain surgery over the weekend.

Padilla remains in critical but stable condition in the hospital's intensive care unit, said Ron Yukelson, Sierra Vista spokesman. ...

In a statement issued Monday, Oxnard High Principal Eric Riegert said, "Adrian remains hospitalized but is showing some good signs. As of yesterday, he was able to recognize his family members, move all extremities and could respond with ‘thumbs up' to questions. Despite this, he is still in very serious condition, so we will need to think good thoughts for him."

Good thoughts thought.


Dozens go to vigil for Oxnard player hurt in SLO game [Tribune News] (H/T Ball Hyped)