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Prayer vigil held for Scotland County football quarterback as he undergoes surgery

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A prayer vigil was held for a Scotland County football quarterback while he undergoes surgery. A prayer vigil was held for a Scotland County football quarterback while he undergoes surgery.
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Scotland High School Quarterback Jaylend Ratliffe, who was critically injured while riding a four-wheeler with teammate Dakota Holland earlier this week, underwent surgery Thursday night. It happened while his community held a prayer vigil for him. 

The Scotland County School District and the high school's Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization held the vigil for Ratliffe at the school gym.  It brought together the community, even beyond Scotland County.

"Scotland County and Richmond County are coming together," says Haley Sellers, a close friend of Ratliffe's. "As being big rivals, we're just coming together because prayer is what Jaylend needs."
"Football is big to us, and as a community and as friends. But at this point, I don't even care about football. I just want a full recovery," adds longtime friend and teammate Robert Beacham. 
"Jaylend paid a heavy price for a youthful mistake," says football coach Richard Bailey. "Jaylend is going to be a great testament to God's greatness."
Ratliffe had part of his skull removed due to swelling during the vigil, and he came out OK from it.
"It's been a difficult time with jaylend. I wasn't sure if he was gonna make it at all," says Bailey.

Bailey says Ratliffe remains in an induced coma in hospital as of Thursday night. 

Friends have set up a GoFundMe page to help the family pay for travel and lodging associated with his hospital stay. The goal is $7,500.  As of Friday morning there was $2,000 raised and already by mid-afternoon more than $5,200 has been raised.
 
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