High School Football

Mountain View High rallies behind football player who had a stroke

In November, the Mountain View High football team needed help clearing seven inches of snow from its field in order to host the Mavericks’ first state semifinal game in program history.

To the surprise of head coach Judd Benedick, more than 100 volunteers showed up with shovels.

Although the circumstances have changed, the Mountain View community is once again rallying in support of one of its own.

Junior defensive lineman Jacob Prindle suffered a stroke Wednesday at his home. After an initial evaluation at St. Luke’s in Boise, Prindle was life-flighted overnight to University Hospital in Salt Lake City.

“(Doctors) determined through a CAT scan that he had two blockages in his brain, which essentially is like a stroke,” Benedick said. “The larger blockage was able to pass, but they’re still kind of waiting for the smaller one to thin out through medication.”

Prindle’s outlook is still uncertain, but the family was overjoyed to see Prindle attempting to walk Friday. He cannot yet speak.

“He has quite a bit of rehab and stuff ahead of him to try and gain back speech and fine motor skills,” Benedick said. “But I’ve been in contact with his mom regularly, and he was up trying to walk today, so that’s encouraging.

“He’s tough and he’s fighting, so we’re just hoping for the best right now. Lots of prayers.”

There has been no shortage of support as word got out about Prindle’s condition.

Eagle coach Paul Peterson and Capital coach Todd Simis each made calls to Benedick offering support.

Even Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin put in a call to Benedick.

“There’s been lots of support from people, which is pretty cool to see,” Benedick said. “People come out of the woodwork when stuff like this happens.”

A website was started to raise money to help with Prindle’s medical expenses. As of press time Friday, 65 donations had been made totaling $5,315.