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South player has another surgery
Junior suffered spinal injury Thursday

SNELLVILLE - A South Gwinnett football player who suffered a spinal cord injury Thursday was in surgery again Monday, head football coach John Small said.

Arquavious Crane, who was injured during the fourth quarter of a junior varsity game against Buford, was in serious condition Monday at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, a hospital spokesman said.

An assistance fund has been set up through Wachovia for Crane, Small said. Those who wish to contribute to the fund can visit any branch and tell bank staff they would like to make a donation.

Crane was injured after he caught a pass and was tackled during a routine play. Small called it "one of those freak things."

Small said the school is "rallying around him (Crane) and his family."

"The team will pay tribute to him and rally around him," Small said.

Football players will put a sticker with Crane's initials on their helmets to show they are thinking of their teammate, Small said.

The football coach asked for people to continue to pray for Crane and "believe God can do all things."

Students will gather at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday for an annual prayer event, said Sloan Roach, a school district spokeswoman. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes organized South Gwinnett's participation in the national "See You at the Pole" event, she said.

The event, which takes place each year on the fourth Wednesday of September, was organized before Crane was injured, she said.

SideBar: To help

An assistance fund has been set up for Arquavious Crane through Wachovia. Donations can be made at any branch.