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Pike Co. HS linebacker seriously injured in football game dies

Dylan Thomas underwent surgery hours later, but remained hospitalized in a coma. He later died.

ZEBULON, Ga. -- A Pike County High School linebacker seriously hurt during a Friday night football game has died.

According to school officials, junior Dylan Thomas died at the hospital around 8 p.m. Sunday from injuries sustained during Friday night's game against Peach County High School.

Thomas was transported from the field in an ambulance to WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital in nearby Griffin before being transferred to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta for treatment. Pike County located about 50 miles south of downtown Atlanta.

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Players, coaches, and supporters from both teams gathered on the field in prayer as Thomas was taken from the field before play resumed.

Thomas underwent surgery hours later but remained hospitalized in a coma Saturday evening.

On the school's website Monday morning, the school said in a statement that school counselors will be on hand to provide assistance and support to students. The school also provided resources and the various way for parents to support their children during this time.

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"Dylan was an active participant in our school community and a member of the Class of 2020," the school wrote. "Please remember his family in the days ahead."

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In a social media post on Sunday morning, Dylan's uncle, Nick Burgess wrote that Thomas had brain swelling, which would likely leave his chances of being the same, slim.

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After news of Thomas' death, friends, students and others in the community flooded social media with tributes to the high school student.

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