Clarendon football player recovering from spinal injury

Clarendon football player recovering from spinal injury

CLARENDON, TX - A Clarendon High School football player remains in the hospital after being badly injured during Friday night's game.

In the third quarter of the Clarendon vs. Lockney game, wide receiver Riley Shadle collided with an opposing linebacker.

The run-in left him lying on the field, unable to get up.

The 17-year-old was taken to a hospital in Lubbock where his coach says he's undergone four to five surgeries since Friday night.

Doctors say he fractured and dislocated two vertebrae, which put intense pressure on his spine.

Shadle also has a crimped artery, affecting the blood flow around his shoulder.

Communities across the Panhandle are donating money and gifts to Shadle and his family.

Lockney's Athletic Boosters collected gift cards and brought them to Shadle on Monday.

Clarendon High School is collecting donations for Shadle to be brought to him this coming weekend.

Students from competing high schools - even Memphis, Clarendon's biggest rival - set aside their differences to support Shadle.

Many students from these schools wore maroon to school on Monday.

Maroon is Clarendon's school color, and many wore it to show their support.

On Tuesday, an account will be set up at Donley County State Bank in Clarendon, where anyone can donate money to help his cause.

A GoFundMe account has been created in his name. You can donate here.