St. Paul’s football player suffers broken vertebrae, remains hospitalized

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COVINGTON, La. (WGNO) – St Paul’s Catholic School head coach Ken Sears said Monday that it is “wait and see” on the condition of junior defensive back Michael Doherty.

Doherty, who remains hospitalized, suffered a broken vertebrae after colliding with another player in St Paul’s 44-14 playoff win over Archbishop Shaw Friday night.

Sears said that surgery was successful, but there was “no change at this point.”

The injury, said Sears, is apparently similar to the one suffered by Saints cornerback Delvin Breaux. Breaux fractured three vertebrae, C4, C5, and C6 playing in a high school football game at McDonogh 35 in October of 2006.

Breaux played in the Gridiron Developmental Football League in 2012. He then played two seasons with Hamilton Tiger Cats in the Canadian Football League before he signed with the Saints.

St Paul’s plays Evangel in the second round of the Division I playoffs Friday night at Hunter Stadium.