Update on Cedartown player who sustained head injury

By David Purdum / For the AJC

Cedartown’s Caleb Ely, who sustained a head injury during Friday’s game against Gilmer, was responding favorably Sunday, according to Bulldogs’ coach Scott Hendrix.

Ely, a senior defensive back and wide receiver, was injured late in third quarter against Gilmer and was taken to the hospital, where he underwent surgery.

In a text message, Hendrix said he visited Ely on Sunday morning and was “cautiously optimistic at this time.”

Gilmer won the game, 38-35, clinching a spot in the Region 7-AAAA championship game. With the score tied, 35-35 with 20 seconds left, Nathan Bradley tipped a pass and Johnie Flakes intercepted it, setting up Manny Lopez’s winning field. The Bobcats overcame another big performance from Cedartown running back Nick Chubb. A Georgia commitment, Chubb rushed for 281 yards and four touchdowns and had an interception and forced a fumble for the Bulldogs. Flakes scored four touchdowns for Gilmer.

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Go Trojans!

November 2nd, 2013
10:25 am

Prayers from Carrollton for this young man, his family and his team.


November 2nd, 2013
10:41 am

Hope everything goes well for Caleb.

Wolf Dawg

November 2nd, 2013
11:26 am

GodSpeed to this young man & his family……


November 2nd, 2013
12:06 pm

Prayers going out



November 2nd, 2013
2:09 pm

Posted From Thomas County Central High.

Canes Fan

November 2nd, 2013
2:15 pm

Praying for Caleb and his loved ones. May God Bless.

big h

November 2nd, 2013
2:32 pm

Praying for Cab


November 2nd, 2013
3:44 pm

Prayers for Caleb and his family from Gilmer County. It was a great game from both teams and we regret the injury. I was so proud of our young men for meeting in the middle of the field after the game too pray together. Godspeed to the Ely Family!

m lane

November 2nd, 2013
6:54 pm

so sorry to hear this…prayers to Caleb and family and teammates…please post updates…

Big brother Tiger

November 2nd, 2013
6:56 pm

This is so sad my heart goes out to his family. I will be praying for Cab.

H Barnett

November 2nd, 2013
7:10 pm

My Prayers for Caleb! Class act by both teams to hold prayer after the game!

Gwyn Warren

November 2nd, 2013
7:42 pm

I am so sorry this young man was injured so badly. I wish him Godspeed in his recovery and pray there are no permanent damages to him. Prayers for his family as well as I know they are very worried about the outcome of his surgery. Keep the faith and know that no matter the outcome God is there to comfort and care for all of you.


November 2nd, 2013
9:13 pm

Praying for Caleb and Ely family, may God be with him in his recovery and restore him completely.

Region 7-AAA

November 2nd, 2013
9:44 pm

Prayers from North Hall and all of 7-AAA for a quick recovery!

jerry stroup

November 3rd, 2013
7:40 am

As the father of a son who was injured in football many years ago ,My family and I wish Caleb a speedy recovery.May the Creator be with you.


November 3rd, 2013
10:11 am

any news on Caleb this morning? I have been thinking about this kid all night?

Benjamin E. Mays Raider for Life.

November 3rd, 2013
10:43 am

My prays for Caleb Ely and his family.
May God be with him in his recovery and restore him completely.

Gwinnett County

November 3rd, 2013
11:53 am

Our prayers for you from all FCA.


November 3rd, 2013
12:27 pm

Many prayers and well wish’s from the Lovejoy family for Caleb and his family


November 3rd, 2013
1:45 pm

We wish the best for this young man and his family and extend all of our prayers for a complete recovery.

Camden 79

November 3rd, 2013
2:32 pm



November 3rd, 2013
4:08 pm

Prayer from Ellijay for Caleb and his family..

Tiger Patpaw

November 3rd, 2013
5:04 pm

Griffin Bears & Spalding Jaguars

November 3rd, 2013
7:12 pm

Get well soon Caleb, We are all praying for you and your family in Spalding and Henry County.


November 3rd, 2013
7:32 pm

Sending out our prayers from this Packer backer’s family to your family. God Bless.


November 3rd, 2013
8:14 pm

Prayers for caleb and his family from the Trojan nation.


November 3rd, 2013
9:14 pm

great news



November 3rd, 2013
10:22 pm

From Region 6 – 5A, we pray for a speedy recovery for Caleb and hold his family in our thoughts and prayers as well.

God Bless.


November 4th, 2013
12:37 am

Sending good thoughts and peaceful feelings to Caleb, his family and friends.


November 4th, 2013
9:58 am

Glad to hear that initial signs are positive for a good recovery for Caleb. Archer Nation is praying for him and his family.

Longhorn nation

November 4th, 2013
8:03 pm

We at longhorn nation are praying for you Caleb and family