KANSAS, Okla. - Kansas High School quarterback Austin Hunt will make a full recovery after suffering a broken neck in the first quarter of last Fridays' football game at Wyandotte.
"He's a lucky boy," Kansas head coach Eddie Barnwell said. "The doctor said 90 percent of those who have that injury are paralyzed."
Hunt fractured the C3, C4 and C5 vertebrae on a defensive play early in the game, which saw Wyandotte rally for a 12-6 victory.
"He didn't show any symptoms at the time and he got up Saturday morning and said he was feeling better," Barnwell said. "We thought it would be good to have him checked out, so they took him to a family doctor here in Kansas and they referred him to Siloam Springs (Ark.). They immediately sent him to Fayetteville (Washington Regional Medical Center)."
Surgery was performed Sunday and he was released Monday.
Barnwell said Hunt was feeling good enough that he attended the Comets' junior high football game Tuesday night and went to the KHS softball regional game at Chelsea.
"He won't play football again," Barnwell said. "We hope he can play baseball in the spring."
Kansas had grabbed a 6-0 lead at 8:46 of the first quarter on a 73-yard touchdown romp by Cody Bright.
But Wyandotte got two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including the game winner with 18 seconds left.