UPDATED: Injured football player ‘responding’, but still in critical condition

UPDATE: 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 30

The South Lafourche High School freshman who suffered a severe head injury at practice yesterday is ‘responding to commands,’ according to a prepared statement released by the high school. 

Tarpons freshman Trevor Toups remains hospitalized at University Hospital in New Orleans after suffering swelling and bleeding of the brain after taking an inadvertent shot to the head at practice yesterday. Toups underwent surgery on Tuesday evening.



South Lafourche principal Gaye Cheramie released a statement to The Times this afternoon. In the four-sentence address, which was approved by the Toups family, the principal said that the school is offering its full support to its student in he and his family’s time of need.

“First of all, speaking for the entire South Lafourche High School family, our thoughts and prayers are with the Toups family and for Trevor,” the statement reads. “We are all praying for a complete and speedy recovery for our student who was injured at football practice Tuesday.”

The statement also said that Toups is responding to doctors treating him at the hospital. 



“We can share with you that Trevor is receiving excellent medical treatment and that he is responding to commands and is moving all of his extremities,” the statement said. “This is the only information I can share with you at this time and we ask that you continue to keep the Toups family and Trevor in your thoughts and prayers.”

The Tarpons also have announced that they will play their freshman football game against South Terrebonne tomorrow night.

That game was scheduled for Wednesday, but was postponed.



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UPDATE: 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 30

A South Lafourche High School freshman football player was airlifted to University Hospital in New Orleans on Tuesday afternoon after suffering a severe head injury earlier in the day at football practice.



South Lafourche head football coach Dennis Skains confirmed to The Times this evening that freshman receiver/defensive back Trevor Toups suffered the injury after taking an inadvertent blow to the head during the team’s Tuesday practice. 

A source close to the football program said that Toups was diagnosed with bleeding and swelling to his brain, and was taken into surgery upon arrival at the New Orleans-based hospital. That surgery has since been completed, and Toups remains in critical condition. 

Toups is the son of Tessy and Toby Toups. The parents posted a Facebook update on Wednesday morning stating that Trevor was out of his operation, but “not out of the woods yet.”



“He is out of surgery and still in intensive care,” the Facebook post reads. “The next 48 hours will be critical. He is still critical; not out of the woods yet.”

The post continues and thanks the South Lafourche community for its support.

“The love and concern we have received so far from text messages, phone calls and posts is humbling and greatly appreciated,” the parents said. 



Skains, Tarpons freshman football coach Brian Callais, school principal Gaye Cheramie and other staff members joined the Toups family at the hospital early Tuesday evening to offer their love and support. 

At school on Wednesday morning, South Lafourche students and staff held a voluntary prayer session to offer support to the injured classmate. Students were allowed to wear blue as a show of support to Toups in his time of need. 

South Lafourche announced on Tuesday evening that it will cancel Wednesday’s freshman football game in wake of the injury. 



Stay tuned to The Times for updates as this story develops. 

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