Injury to Brawley player cancels opener

By Bill Dickens
September 1, 2006
A serious injury to a Brawley High football player during a Wednesday night practice has led to the cancellation of the Wildcats' season opener tonight at Rancho Bernardo High. Brian Thomas, a 17-year-old senior, suffered a severe spinal cord injury and is listed in critical condition at UCSD Medical Center, said Roberto Moreno, superintendent of the Brawley Union High School District.
According to Moreno, Thomas was injured during a routine defensive drill. Thomas is listed as a 5-foot-11, 183-pounder on the Wildcats roster.
Moments after the injury, Thomas was transported from the practice field by Brawley Fire Department paramedics to Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley. He was flown to UCSD Medical Center later Wednesday night.
“The entire Wildcat student body, staff and community is in shock and all of our prayers go to support Brian and his family,” Moreno said.
Football coach John Bishop was unavailable for comment.
School was to be in session today, but all athletic events – including the varsity, junior varsity and freshman football games involving Rancho Bernardo, as well as a student dance at Brawley this weeken