A scary scene at a high school football game later turned into a positive feel-good story about how a school district community can rally around one of its own in a time of crisis.

Last Friday night during the Oak Hill Oaks’ high school football game at Wheelersburg, Oak Hill senior Jacob Turner sustained what turned out to be a serious injury when he was tackled while returning a kickoff. Jacob was able to walk off the field after the injury, but it became apparent his injuries were potentially serious and he was taken to Grant Medical Center in Columbus that same night.

As it turned out, Jacob had sustained a grade 3 laceration of the spleen. Jacob received treatment and medicine, subsequent testing produced positive results, and Jacob was permitted to return home on Saturday. During the period when Jacob was hospitalized, his mother, Jami Turner, and other family members were overwhelmed and touched by the show of love and support from the team, the school district and all Oaks’ Nation. Some of the players paid a visit to Jacob after Monday’s practice session.

The Telegram reached out to Jami Turner, who provided the following update and statement: “The path to recovery is lots of rest and time. I am very grateful for the Oak Hill School District. While we were in the hospital, I heard from Superintendent Dr. Marci Shepard many times and [School] Board member Paula Stewart. I am thankful for the football coaches who drove to Columbus to give support to Jacob and the calls and texts from the other coaches and football boys. The boys are not just a team, they are family. I can truly say the family has supported Jacob.”