PIKE COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Pike County Schools Superintendent Dr. Mark Bazzell confirms five Oakman High School players were hurt in a wall collapse before Friday night’s game.
The partial wall was a 15-foot long, 6-foot tall structure in the locker room of the gymnasium. The wall stood beside a bench in the visiting locker room where the five students were sitting when it collapsed.
Two players were taken to the hospital in Troy, including one who was unable to walk. All of the players were conscious and alert. Two football players suffered lacerations. Dr. Brazzell believes all were checked out because some of them were complaining of back pain.
On the scene was Brundidge Police Department, Brundidge Fire Department, Troy Fire Department, Haynes ambulance and Pike County EMA.
The State Fire Marshal will now investigate. The facility has been shut down and secured.
The game has been postponed until Monday.
“We’re just heartbroken anybody would get hurt in an incident on our campus like this,” he said.
Jaedon Mitchell was standing near the wall with his teammates.
"Just getting ready for the game. He was tying his cleats and the next thing we know the wall falls. Everybody trapped under the wall starts screaming, ‘Get it off of us! Get it off on us!’ So me, Luke and few others we all ran the wall and picked it up off of them,” Mitchell said.
Jaedon's mom Louanne froze when she got the news.
"My heart broke because I’m glad my kid is OK and was able to talk with him. But knowing these kids, we’ve known them their whole lives and so you immediately start thinking the worst as anybody,” Louanne said.
Louanne and her son are hoping for the best for the team,
“Just requesting that everybody, the entire team, just keep us all in prayers,” Louanne said.
”We’re going to be a team. We’re a family. You hurt one of us, you hurt us all,” Jaedon said.