Texas Football Coach Mark Bachtel in Critical Condition After Injury on Sidelines
UPDATE: (3:16 P.M., SEPT. 28): The Dallas Morning News is reporting that Scurry-Rosser assistant coach Mark Bachtel is "showing improvement" after Friday night's incident. He remains in critical condition at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.
Here's our original story:
Mark Bachtel, an assistant at Scurry-Rosser High School, is currently in critical condition at a Dallas hospital after he was hit on the sidelines Friday night during his team's game against Malakoff.
A tackle out of bounds ran into Bachtel, who fell backward and hit his head on the ground. He suffered multiple skull fractures and severe head trauma, including a brain bleed.
The game was stopped with about six minutes to go with Malakoff up 73-27, and Bachtel was care-flighted to Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.
Bachtel, who spent 13 years as the head coach at Wills Point, is an assistant coach at Scurry-Rosser while his son, Jason, is the head coach.
Team and community members held a vigil for Bachtel on Saturday at the Scurry-Rosser football field. WFAA reports that Bachtel's injuries were not as threatening as originally thought, but he remains in critical condition.
"Please continue praying," Scurry-Rosser ISD school board member Nancy Duggan told InForney.com. "The Bachtel family appreciates all the calls, texts, prayers, and love being poured out."