Kingman Academy quarterback Quinn Garcia is in stable condition at St. Joseph's hospital in Phoenix after suffering a lacerated kidney during the Tigers' 26-12 win over Westwind Prep Thursday.
Garcia was injured with about 20 seconds left in the second quarter as he dived into the end zone after catching a 30-yard pass from Ty Sherwood.
"The prognosis is good," KAHS interim head coach Wally Mueller said. "They are watching him right now to make sure the bleeding stops and to see if they have to operate on him."
Doctors were hopeful to discharge him today, assuming his blood work comes back fine. According to Quinn's father, George Garcia, doctors said they expect him to make a full recovery and be able to return to contact sports in about a month or two.
"When we talked to the doctor, he said he is done with football this year," George Garcia said. "If he takes another shot, that could break it open.
Garcia is a three-sport athlete at KAHS, playing basketball and baseball along with football, and with basketball starting up in a couple of weeks, he probably won't return to the court until the second half of the season.
Garcia was diving into the end zone to avoid two defenders when a third defender came in and hit him in the back.
"There was nothing dirty about it. It was just good, hard-nose football, and it caught him at the right angle," Mueller said. "It wasn't a spectacular hit. It was a guy just trying to stop him and he hit him at the right angle,"
After the play was over, Garcia tried to get up but couldn't and collapsed on the sideline. A trainer checked him and determined that he needed to head to the hospital.
"I knew right there that he was hurt and it wasn't a pulled muscle or something like that," Mueller said. "You knew it was serious."
Because the stadium didn't have EMTs standing by, Mueller's wife drove Garcia to Phoenix Baptist Hospital where doctors did a CT scan and determined he needed to go to St. Joseph's trauma unit. He was transported by ambulance.
"Pound for pound, I don't think there is any tougher kid on any high school field in Arizona than Quinn Garcia," Mueller said. "That kids takes some licks. I call him Timex. When he stays down, I know he's hurt and he's hurt badly."
Garcia has been in intensive care since Thursday night as doctors continue to monitor him.
"Quinn is a tough kid, he is a tough, tough kid and a fierce competitor, and that was the hardest pill for him to swallow, that he's out for the season," Mueller said. "But when he gets out of the hospital, I'm going to have Quinn help me run the offense."
Garcia was hurt on a play that he and Mueller had pretty much drawn up in the sand moments before. Garcia noticed that Westwind's defense was stacking up to defend a pitch pass. Their defenders would head to the direction the tailback was running, leaving Garcia wide open.
"He's football smart. He saw a weakness in their defense and we drew a play in the sand," Mueller said. "It cost us a quarterback, but he picked the play and called it. He was confident that it would work and he was right. He will still be an integral part of our team."