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High school quarterback critical after traumatic brain injury

A 17-year-old high school quarterback from Riverside County remained in critical condition Tuesday after suffering what was described as a "traumatic brain injury" during a game that required emergency surgery.

Wildomar Cornerstone Christian player Ryan "Dax" McGregor has been on a ventilator at UCLA-Harbor Medical Center since Friday, according to a website soliciting donations for his medical expenses. He was hurt during a game against Avalon High School played on Santa Catalina Island.

The latest update Monday said that although McGregor remained heavily sedated, his breathing and oxygen levels had improved and he had shown "some hand movement and response" to his family and girlfriend.

Coach Bill Jarvis told the Press-Enterprise his staff wasn't sure on what play McGregor was hurt, but planned to review game tape again to try and find out.

“We still don’t know. We just know [he] came off the field and said he had a problem,” Jarvis said. “The process is still going on—we don’t know if it was a fluke thing or not."

McGregor previously spent three years at Elsinore High School, also in Wildomar.

“Our school is praying for him,” Cornerstone principal Sharon Privett told the newspaper. “It’s tough, it’s somber, but it’s hopeful.”

The team plans to play Friday against Corona Crossroads Christian despite McGregor's injury, she added.

“The parents know that we’re moving forward, in honor of him," Privett said. "He was doing what he loves to do when this injury happened.”

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