Kuna High junior wide receiver Boone Bartlome broke the fourth cervical vertebra (C4) in his neck when he lost his footing while blocking during a running play Friday night at Bishop Kelly High, Kuna High football coach Lee Leslie confirmed Saturday.
Leslie said Bartlome made it through successful surgery overnight at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. The family was hoping for better progress after some of the swelling goes down, Leslie said.
A post to the Kuna High Football Facebook page Saturday night said, the MRI shows the amount of swelling that was anticipated and he is doing fine. He can lift his arms and shrug his shoulders a little bit. Any information about his elbows and lower body movement is inaccurate.
Friday's 4A state quarterfinal game was stopped for nearly 30 minutes in the first quarter as medical personnel worked to place Bartlome on a stretcher before lifting him into an ambulance.
As the emergency vehicle drove away, the teams came together and knelt in prayer at midfield. Players and coaches from both teams grasped hands and bowed their heads in an emotional on-field moment led by Leslie.
Leslie said a rally for Bartlome will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday in the Kuna High auditorium.
Heading into Fridays game, Bartlome had caught 12 passes for 201 yards and a touchdown. He also won the long jump at the 4A state track and field meet in May.