Haskell football player suffers brain injury during game; community gathers to show support

Posted: 9:39 PM, Oct 03, 2016
Updated: 2016-10-03 22:57:46-04

HASKELL, Okla. -- People in Haskell are raising money to help a high school football player who was severely injured during a game Friday.

Reuben Wheeland is a Haskell High School freshman who plays running back on the varsity team.

Wheeland was injured after taking a hit during the game in Henryetta and airlifted to a Tulsa Hospital where he underwent surgery Monday for a severe brain injury.

Support for Wheeland is pouring in from social media, encouraging people to pray for Reuben.

"This town, it's hurt, it's hurt for us because Reuben was a special kid," said Reuben's former coach, Marc Gouldsby. "It's not just that he was a great athlete, but he comes from a really good family."

Donations for the family are being accepted at the Mabrey Bank in Haskell. There's also a GoFundMe page set up for Reuben.

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