North Schuylkill football player Jaden Leiby suffered an apparent severe neck or spinal injury during his team’s game Friday night against Pottsville.
According to numerous reports, Leiby was loaded onto a cart on the field and then eventually transported via medical helicopter to a regional hospital.
North Schuylkill Football Player Jaden Leiby Suffers Serious Injury
We’re not reporting the extent of any injuries until we can confirm them.
Leiby was hurt in the third quarter of Friday’s game, playing defense making a tackle on a Pottsville player.
Prior to the injury, Leiby was having an epic night in the team’s biggest game of the season. Before halftime, Leiby took control of the game, scoring on touchdown runs of 1, 68, and 4 yards to give his Spartans a big lead over the Crimson Tide. He ran the ball 12 times for 138 yards before the half.
The game did carry on after his injury but the result obviously isn’t top priority the next day.
Shortly after the game, North Schuylkill’s athletic information staff updated their fans and paid respect to Leiby:
One fan writes, “Congrats Spartans And Wishing All The Very Best To Jaden Leiby My Thoughts and Prayers Are With You Buddy!!”
Another echoes the sentiment, saying, “Prayers for Jaden 🙏🏼 Spartan Nation is praying for you ❤️💙”
In fact, fellow Schuylkill League and area teams are sending their thoughts and prayers to North Schuylkill, Leiby and his family, and to the Pottsville players who were affected by the serious on-field injury.
This fan tweeted out during the game, praying for the best for Leiby:
— Jim Lavelle (@jim_jlavelle64) October 26, 2019
Pottsville Area’s head football coach Tom McGeoy added his prayers for Leiby and a reaction to the injury. “Thoughts and prayers today for Jaden Leiby @jadenleiby_ and his family. Great player, scary injury, wishing the best for him,” he writes:
Thoughts and prayers today for Jaden Leiby @jadenleiby_ and his family. Great player, scary injury, wishing the best for him.
— Tom McGeoy (@mcgeoy11) October 26, 2019
Shenandoah Valley QB Club expressed its support for Leiby on Saturday morning, posting this on Twitter:
Our thoughts and prayers are with North Schuylkill’s Jaden Leiby and his family. #Prayersfor6
— Shen QB Club (@ShenQBclub) October 26, 2019
This comes from the Schuylkill League home office:
Thoughts and prayers to Jaden Leiby! Hoping for the best!
— Schuylkill League (@SchLeague) October 26, 2019
Minersville’s football team says Leiby is in their thoughts, too:
Best wishes go out to Jaden Leiby, you’re in our thoughts.
— Minersville Football (@MinersFB) October 26, 2019
And the Lehighton cheerleading squad offered its prayers to Leiby this morning, too:
Sending out all our prayers to Jaden leiby from North schuylkill football team. 🙏
— LHS Cheerleading (@lahscheer) October 26, 2019
This message was posted by Pine Grove Area on Saturday morning:
The Pine Grove Area Athletic Department sends prayers, positive thoughts and well wishes to North Schuylkill, their community, their football program, and especially #6
— PGA Athletics (@PGA_Athletics) October 26, 2019
Marian Catholic’s football account on Twitter also expressed its thoughts Saturday. “Prayers for Jaden Leiby, his family and the @NSAthletics1 family from the Marian Colts #Prayersfor6,” it reads:
— Marian Colts Football (@MarianColtsFB) October 26, 2019
Prayers coming in from Tamaqua for Leiby, too:
Our thoughts and prayers are with North Schuylkill Football and Baseball player Jaden Leiby 🙏🙏
— Tamaqua Blue Raiders Baseball (@TamaquaBaseball) October 26, 2019
And from Penn State-Schuylkill Baseball:
— PSU Schuyl. Baseball (@PSUSch_Baseball) October 26, 2019