Jackson Prep football player remains in critical condition

Walker Wilbanks
Walker Wilbanks
Walker Wilbanks

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — A high-school football lineman is in critical condition.

Jackson Prep headmaster Jason Walton says junior guard and defensive tackle Walker Wilbanks became ill during the second half of Friday’s game.

School officials say his family took him to a hospital, and he had a seizure in the emergency room.

University of Mississippi Medical Center spokesman Marc Rolph said Sunday that Wilbanks remains in critical condition.

School spokeswoman Crisler Boone says she doesn’t know whether Wilbanks was playing when he became ill.

A statement from the school says more than a thousand people gathered there Saturday night for a prayer vigil for Wilbanks.

Officials say grief counselors will be on hand for students Monday.

The school is suspending sports and other activities until further notice.