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South player still in intensive care

SNELLVILLE - A South Gwinnett football player who suffered a spinal cord injury remained in serious condition Saturday at an Atlanta hospital.

Arquavious Crane, an 11th-grade member of the junior varsity squad, was first reported in critical condition Friday at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. But by Friday night, a hospital spokesperson said Crane's condition had been upgraded to serious.

Crane's condition held steady Saturday.

"It's kind of hard to say" if the injury could still threaten Crane's life, said hospital spokesman Brian Katz. "He's still in I.C.U."

Crane injured his spinal cord Thursday evening during the fourth quarter of a junior varsity game against Buford. The injury came after Crane caught a pass and was tackled.

Crane was transported to the hospital from the field, and the game was canceled at that point.

South head coach John Small called the injury a freak occurrence that happened on a routine play.

The South Gwinnett Touchdown Club plans to set up a trust fund in Crane's name.