Riverside High senior Luis Arellano, who was carted off the football field by an ambulance on Friday, is in stable condition, Rangers coach Eric Frontz said.
Arellano suffered a concussion and slight bleeding in the brain, but is responsive and talking and can move his limbs, Frontz said.
Arellano will likely not play football again this season.
“I talked to him and he was actually more upset about not being able to get back on the field, then about the injury or the pain,” Frontz said.
Arellano, in a scary moment, was knocked unconscious after taking a block and trying to make a tackle against Canutillo. His body immediately went limp with his face on the turf.
The game stopped for 30 minutes as trainers and doctors completely stabilized a motionless Arellano and removed his facemask. An ambulance then came and parked at midfield while paramedics worked on Arellano.
Arellano was carted off with a big neck and head brace while his body was covered with a white sheet.
Canutillo won the game 21-14.