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Hernando quarterback recovers from concussion sustained during game

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An eighth grade quarterback from Hernando injured during Thursday night's football game is recovering from a concussion.

Caiden Fortune is doing OK after he took a hard hit. He was leading his team in the district championship game against Southaven in the 3rd quarter with a score 22-14 until the hit took him down.

A helicopter was called in and Fortune was taken to the hospital. 

Those who attended the game were worried and praying for the player to be OK.

"Everyone was around the fences, on the edge of the football field praying and all," David Gibson, who attended the game, said. "Some people were upset, crying."

"My heart had stopped because if it would have been my son, I couldn't have done it," Stacey Hoing said. 

"That's scary. It is, because it can happen to anyone playing football," Gibson added. "You never think it would happen to someone this young."

Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson posted on his Facebook page Thursday night about the injury and asked for prayers for the child.

"One of the Hernando 8th grade football players has been injured during the game and transported via helicopter. Please say a prayer for this young man and his family."

Johnson said Fortune has feeling in his arms and legs, but he did suffer a bad concussion. 

"Everyone just came together in prayer," Hoing said. "He said mom just start calling people, telling them to pray."

Parents, though, said they understand the dangers of competition.

"In competition sometimes you want to knock somebody down, but you don't want to permanently injure them," Troy Hyder said. 

The game was canceled after Fortune's injury and both teams will share the championship crown.

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