MURFREESBORO — A Siegel High football player who sustained a head injury during Friday night’s game at Warren County remains in critical condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Baylor Bramble, who was making his first career start during the Stars’ 44-14 win, has been at Vanderbilt since being transported to the hospital following the game.
A post on the Northside Baptist Church Facebook page said that Bramble was scheduled to have an MRI on Tuesday. The Facebook post said Bramble, 16, had some fever, and the ventilation was increased to help him breathe stronger.
Bramble’s father, David Bramble, is an assistant pastor at the church, which is located next to Siegel High.
The junior cornerback took himself out of the game in the final minutes, complaining of a severe headache to Siegel football coach Greg Wyant. Wyant sent him to the team’s athletic trainer for examination.
“The coach did exactly what protocol calls for,” TSSAA Executive Director Bernard Childress said. “Not only did they work on him at the time, but they kept monitoring him. But he kept getting progressively worse. But the proper protocol was followed.”
He was transported to the McMinnville airport after the game before being airlifted to Nashville.
Siegel High had a prayer vigil on Saturday for Bramble and his family. Those attending included members of Warren County’s football program.
Warren County athletic director Todd Willmore said news of Bramble’s condition has affected his school and community.
“We used this as a teaching tool to let our kids understand how special that life and the ability to do things really is,” Willmore said.
Willmore said students and teachers have asked for updates the past couple of days in the hallway.
Childress, who lives in Murfreesboro, said news on Bramble has been difficult for the high school athletic association. In early September, Siegel’s football team dealt with the loss of teammate Mason Loupe, who died after a gunshot to his head. That same week, Siegel Middle football player Caleb Victory sustained a head injury in a game and was later sent to Atlanta for rehabilitation.
“You know, we don’t care who wins a ball game despite what anyone says,” Childress said. “I just pray — regardless of the team — that we can keep our student athletes safe and free of danger.
“My heart goes out to the family. We pray for the kid and his family and the entire community. You think about those kids. They’ve had to learn some very tough, valuable life lessons this year. They’ve been through a lot and continue to go through a lot. We just pray each day for them.”
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