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California QB in critical condition after suffering traumatic brain injury during game

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Wildomar Cornerstone Christian (Calif.) High QB Ryan "Dax" McGregor. — Cornerstone Christian

Wildomar Cornerstone Christian (Calif.) High quarterback Ryan "Dax" McGregor is currently listed in critical but stable condition after suffering a head injury during a game against Avalon (Calif.) High on Friday night.

According to The Press-Enterprise and Lake Elsinore-Wildomar's Patch site, McGregor was airlifted to UCLA Harbor Trauma Center where he received emergency brain surgery and was then placed on a ventilator to help his breathing.

The good news is that as of Monday, per The Press-Enterprise, McGregor's "breathing and oxygen levels had improved, and he had shown some hand movement and response to his girlfriend and family." One can only hope that's a sign that the senior quarterback will make a full recovery in the near future.

McGregor, who spent the past three years playing football at Elsinore (Calif.) High before transferring to Cornerstone Christian, was starting his fifth game under center for the school when the injury occurred. Despite the traumatic event, the school still plans to play its upcoming game against Corona Crossroads Christian (Calif.) High.

Considering the severity of the injury, you'd expect coaches to be able to pinpoint when McGregor suffered the head injury, but according to Cornerstone Christian coach Bill Jarvis, it's still unclear.

"We still don't know. We just know [he] came off the field and said he had a problem," Jarvis told The Press-Enterprise. "The process is still going on -- we don't know if it was a fluke thing or not.

"We know it was probably one of three plays. We're still going to examine the films closely to see if we can tell anything else."

While McGregor continues to recover, a fund has been created in his honor to help the family out financially while his mother, Shannon, takes off from work to stay by her son's side.

McGregor still has a ways to go, but the fact he's been able to move his hands and his breathing has improved shows he's moving in the right direction. Hopefully it's not too long before he's able to speak with his family and eventually head home.

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