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Columbia City football star critical

Suffers head injury making tackle; prognosis ‘positive’


– Columbia City senior football player Sam Dailey remained in critical condition at a Fort Wayne hospital Saturday after suffering a head injury during the Eagles’ 33-14 loss at Warsaw a day before.

Dailey was eventually taken to Lutheran Hospital and had surgery to relieve pressure on his brain, Eagles coach Randy Hudgins said.

Hudgins said there could be a couple of days before there is any change in his condition and doctors were optimistic about Dailey’s recovery.

“They seemed to be fairly optimistic and positive about his prognosis when we left this morning,” Hudgins said. “He has a ways to go, and we are hoping for the best.”

About 100 friends, family and teammates were at the hospital in support of Dailey and his family, Hudgins said.

“One of the unique things about a situation like this is we have 100 friends, family and teammates who were there to support their family,” Hudgins said.

Hudgins said Dailey was injured while trying to make a tackle against the Tigers.

“He made an outstanding play on a run off-tackle,” Hudgins said. “We watched it on film, and it didn’t look like anything out of the ordinary, but it must have hit him just the right way. He came off and wasn’t himself. Eventually, the condition was at the point where we had to get him off the field and taken to the hospital. Before we knew it, he was in a fairly serious state. They were able to get to it quickly and take care of it about as well as expected.”

Dailey was named a team captain last week.

“We are obviously going to miss his leadership on the field,” Hudgins said. “While he isn’t on the field, we are looking forward to having him back.

“(His teammates) were shaken, but also I was really moved how they were there to support him even though many of them have just played a full game.”