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Santiago High football player hospitalized with spinal injury

A Corona student football player was hospitalized in critical condition after he was injured in a Friday night game.
November 25, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
A high school football player from Corona was hospitalized in critical condition after he was injured in a Friday night game.

Santiago High School linebacker Jordan Walker was recovering Monday at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Looking at the play that hurt the high school junior, it's tough to tell exactly what happened. Santiago High and Upland High were in the final moments of the quarterfinal playoff game, when 16-year-old Walker went in to make a tackle on the running back. But as the pile cleared, Walker did not get up.

As players went to their knees in a moment of prayer, medical staff gathered around Walker. Several minutes later, Walker was carted off the field on a stretcher, as the crowd showed its support from the stands.

Walker's family says he's being treated for a spinal cord injury, and his vital signs are responsive, but they didn't give any details on whether he can move his arms or legs.

In a statement, parents Curtis and Allison Walker said: "We understand that with any sport, there is the risk of injury. We do not blame or have any hard feelings toward the football players and coaches of Upland and Santiago High Schools. We appreciate the love and support Jordan continues to receive from his teammates and coaches."

The Corona-Norco Unified School District said in a statement: "The entire CNUSD community extends our warmest thoughts and support to Jordan and his family during this time."