BLEDSOE COUNTY (WRCB) - One of the Bledsoe County football coaches will address the media on Monday about the condition of the player suffering from a severe head injury on the practice field.
They wear blue. But the Bledsoe County High Warriors hadn't been feeling that way this football season.
One big reason they're 2-1: the sure foot of #7; junior kicker Kainen Boring.
"He has a lot of talent, but he also has a big heart," says friend and personal trainer Houston Thomas, who lettered for the Tennessee Volunteers in 1987, '88 and '89.
"He worked his way up to linebacker for his hitting ability,he was getting in some good licks."
Kainen had been working out at Thomas' gym, Higher Power, in Pikeville, for months. Sometimes, beginning at 5:30AM.
"It's just hard to see a young man, strong and healthy, in the condition he's in now," Thomas says.
Boring, 16, is in Erlanger Medical Center, listed in critical condition. Neither his family nor his doctors have commented on his injuries.
But Thomas tells Channel 3 that the young man has suffered bleeding on the brain, either the result of, or detected after, bumping his head in a hard tackle during practice Thursday.
"They said it was like a perfect form tackle," Thomas says."But for whatever reason it made just a freak accident."
Warriors coach Jason Reel and principal Linda Pickett have referred all questions to Schools Superintendent Phil Kiper. Mr. Kiper has declined comment. Ms. Pickett confirms that team members and fellow students have not been apprised of Kainen's condition either.
"We haven't given up on Kainen yet," Thomas says. "We know he's gonna be back. we look forward to him being able to be another strong man again."