ZEBULON, Ga. — A Pike County High School (Georgia) linebacker seriously hurt during a Friday night football game has died.

According to school officials, junior Dylan Thomas died at the hospital around 8 p.m. Sunday from injuries sustained during Friday night’s game against Peach County High School.

Thomas was transported from the field in an ambulance to WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital in nearby Griffin before being transferred to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta for treatment. Pike County located about 50 miles south of downtown Atlanta.

Players, coaches, and supporters from both teams gathered on the field in prayer as Thomas was taken from the field before play resumed.

Thomas underwent surgery hours later but remained hospitalized in a coma Saturday evening.

In a social media post on Sunday morning, Dylan’s uncle, Nick Burgess wrote that Thomas had brain swelling, which would likely leave his chances of being the same, slim.

11Alive reached out to the Pike County School Superintendent Dr. Michael Duncan Sunday morning, who said they would “circle the wagons for this family.”

After news of Thomas’ death, friends, students and others in the community flooded social media with tributes to the high school student.


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