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Player injured during middle school football game flown to hospital

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A Siegel Middle School football player was flown to the hospital after suffering an injury during a game on Tuesday night.

Caleb Victory was injured during a game at Siegel Middle School against La Vergne.

According to an officials' report to the TSSAA, Caleb collapsed on the sideline after coming off the field. He had been tackled during a play where he was the ball carrier.

Medical personnel assisted Caleb until Rutherford County EMA arrived. Caleb was later taken by LifeFlight to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital, where he is said to be in stable condition.

TSSAA Executive Director Bernard Childress said the organization takes injuries very seriously.

“We always say this is not about winning and losing, this is about life and death,” Childress said. “Our athletes are first and foremost.”

Childress said the injury was the result of a legal hit.

“As a matter of fact, they said, according to the coaches and the officials, it wasn’t even a hard hit,” Childress said. “It just happened that he was hit at the right place.”

TSSAA officials denied accusations and rumors that Caleb was sent back into the game after showing signs of a concussion.

“We have been able to verify that that did not occur,” Childress said. “This was not second impact syndrome. They followed the proper protocol in every situation.”

Caleb’s mother posted on Facebook on Wednesday morning that he is awake and talking.

Both coaches and the game administrator all agreed to end the game with time left in the fourth quarter and Siegel leading 32-14.

TSSAA officials said they consider this investigation closed. They said doctors will determine if and when Caleb gets to play again.

This comes just a few days after a Mason Loupe, a sophomore on the Siegel High School football team, suffered a gunshot wound to the head. Officials with Vanderbilt University Medical Center confirmed Loupe died on Wednesday.

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