Kuna High football player breaks neck, undergoes surgery

KUNA, Idaho (KBOI) -- A Kuna High Football player broke his neck while attempting to set a block on a running play Friday night.

Junior wide receiver Boone Bartlome suffered the severe injury while the Kavemen were playing Bishop Kelly in the 4A playoffs.

"He had surgery that night where the doctors took out the bursted bone and implanted a titanium plate into the other fractured bone," a CaringBridge website states. "We want everyone to know that he is in good spirits and appreciates all the prayers, love, and support from you all. We will update as time progresses."

The game was delayed for about 30 minutes while emergency crews stabilized Bartlome and transported him into an abulance. He was later taken to St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise. Officials at the hospital were unable to report a condition Monday morning for Bartlome because he's a minor.

The two teams gathered on the field for a prayer.

"There's definitely a rivalry between the two teams, but after something happens like that that's so tragic, it's important that we all come together and work together because it's more than just football, it's life," said Robby Degan, a captain on the football team.

"It was important that we got out there and were able to pray for him and keep him in our prayers so we just hope that all is going well."

Bishop Kelly principal Robert Wehde shared that sentiment.

"To see both teams and even fans, coaches and parents come together and pray for the young man was so uplifting and so special," Wehde said.

A gathering is being scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Kuna High School Monday. Over the weekend, a tribute video made for the football player was made: