Big Bear linebacker in intensive care

Big Bear senior linebacker Sutton Burnard was in intensive care Saturday night at the Riverside Community Medical Center in Moreno Valley after suffering a severe head injury late in the Bears’ 14-14 tie at San Jacinto Friday night.

“He’s resting right now and from what I heard, he was improving,” Big Bear coach Dave Griffiths said. “It’s an extremely tough thing for him to go through and my heart is out to him and his family.”

After San Jacinto scored the tying touchdown, Burnard came over to the sideline and seemed off, according to what the Big Bear trainers told Griffiths. The EMS was called and Burnard was taken off in an ambulance and transferred to the medical center, which specializes in neurological treatment. He underwent surgery late Friday night.

“It’s a very scary situation,” Griffiths said. “I don’t even know what play it happened, but my trainers noticed something was wrong and called the EMS.

“He’s in intensive care, but he has passed a share of obstacles. I’m just praying that he makes it out of this all right.”

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