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Coal Region Football 2019

North Schuylkill Football Player Suffers Serious Injury, Extent Unknown


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.

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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:

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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 πŸ™πŸΌ Spartan Nation is praying for you β€οΈπŸ’™”


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:

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:

Shenandoah Valley QB Club expressed its support for Leiby on Saturday morning, posting this on Twitter:

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This comes from the Schuylkill League home office:

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Minersville’s football team says Leiby is in their thoughts, too:

And the Lehighton cheerleading squad offered its prayers to Leiby this morning, too:

This message was posted by Pine Grove Area on Saturday morning:

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:

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Prayers coming in from Tamaqua for Leiby, too:

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And from Penn State-Schuylkill Baseball:

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  3. Margaret Rutherford

    November 10, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Jaden, you can do this.. one day at a time, one week at a time, one month at a time.. you will get better…Always look ahead, take deep breaths, and look all around you at the love everyone has for you. I never had a broken neck, just a broken back and 4 surgeries on it. The neurosurgeon told me to never look back each day but to wait a week or so and then look at how far you have come.

    Wish I could bring you some of my homemade chicken soup but I live in Texas…so I will send instead Texas sized hugs, love, prayers, and well wishes. May you feel how much God and everyone loves you. May you know God will heal you.. Again, sending air hugs!

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