University Laboratory School travels to Shreveport to face Evangel Christian Academy on Friday night in Louisiana's Class 2A semifinals, but the Cubs will do so without one of their more promising talents.
U-High junior wide receiver D'Vante Dotson remains in the hospital nearly five days after suffering a head injury early Saturday following the Cubs' quarterfinal victory against Calvary Baptist.
Dotson's grandmother, Carolyn Dotson, said her grandson is in stable condition and more responsive after he spent the weekend in intensive care "fighting for his life."
"We're just being prayerful about the whole thing," she said. "We saw him today and he was talking so where we could understand him."
Louisiana law prohibits the Baton Rouge Police Department from discussing incidents involving juveniles -- which would include the 16-year-old Dotson. But Lt. Don Kelly said police responded to a call at 3:45 a.m. Saturday in the 7100 block of Perkins Road involving a 16-year-old with an apparent head injury. EMS transported Dotson to a local hospital, where he has remained since.
Kelly said the teen appeared to suffer the injury after taking a fall on concrete but suffered no other injuries.
Dotson is considered one of U-High's top prospects for 2014, along with the likes of offensive lineman Garrett Brumfield. He boasts a SPARQ rating of 73.41 and a 34.8-inch vertical jump to go with a 4.76 40-yard dash. He was a starter at both wide receiver and cornerback for the Cubs, who are one win away from reaching the Class 2A state title game.
U-High coach Chad Mahaffey, who praised his junior's speed and hands in the preseason, declined to comment on the injury.
Carolyn Dotson said doctors found a hematoma at the back of her grandson's head, where the injury occurred. Results are still pending on a CT scan, which D'Vante Dotson underwent Wednesday.
"If they can dissolve the hematoma he might be home (Thursday) or Friday," Carolyn Dotson said.
Dotson was injured during or after what his grandmother described as a "victory celebration" for the Cubs' win against Calvary. Police said their investigation is ongoing, but rumors that D'Vante Dotson had been the victim of an attack appear to be unfounded at this time.
"There were indicators that the young man had become intoxicated, fell to the ground and hit his head," Kelly said. "He had no other injuries whatsoever."