Coach talks about critically ill football player - - Jackson, MS

Coach talks about critically ill football player

Peyton Flowers (Source: Twitter) Peyton Flowers (Source: Twitter)
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - For the second time this football season a Mississippi high school player has fallen ill during a game. It happened Friday night in Brookhaven during Loyd Star's homecoming against West Lincoln.

Number 42 Peyton Flowers was forced to leave the field. He is now in critical condition fighting for his life.

"He's the best," said Loyd Star Head Football Coach Adam Cook about senior Peyton Flowers.

It took few words for Cook to describe the linebacker, running back, receiver, punter and all around go to player for the Hornets, who lost consciousness during Friday night's game.

Cook, a Florence native, choked back tears while talking about what a fantastic human being the 18-year-old is.

Peyton is being treated at UMMC for a subdural hematoma or blood outside the brain.

"He's the absolute best I've ever had, and he's the reason I want to be a better coach and that these kids want to be better players. Anybody that we played anybody that ever knew 42 from Loyd Star knew that he was top of the class," said Cook outside UMMC where he and family members have been since Friday night.

Number 42 asked to take a break near the end of the third quarter of the game. Cook said he complained of not feeling right and feeling numb.

The trainer examined Flowers and determined he wouldn't be returning to play. By the time the ambulance arrived, he was unconscious. His teammates have been hit hard by the sudden illness.

"When they saw him leave in the ambulance they just fell apart," added the saddened coach.

Now a community is coming together to rally around Peyton and his family as hundreds have visited UMMC and said prayers for the ailing player.

This shocking turn of events follows the tragic loss of six Lincoln county teenagers in the past few weeks.

"We all are one family and we're all having so many problems right now with the past three weeks have been just tragic for us ,and we're all leaning on each other at this time," said the first year head coach.

Cook said Flowers remains in a medically induced coma, and the next 24 to 48 hours are critical to his recovery.

On Loyd Star's Facebook page students and faculty are encouraged to wears the team football shirts or school colors Monday in a show of support for Peyton as he continues to recover.

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