Classmates of Burlington Williams Quarterback Harry Cohen Hoped For His Recovery

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Burlington, NC -- Burlington Williams High School quarterback Harry Cohen is being treated at North Carolina Children's Hospital in Chapel Hill.

Cohen was taken to the hospital Sunday morning.  Alamance-Burlington School spokesperson Jenny Faulkner did not provide any information related to Cohen's condition.

Cohen led the team Friday night to a 27-17 victory over Southern Alamance. 

WFMY News 2 was at the game and captured video of Cohen being hit as he ran for the Bulldogs final score in the 4th quarter.  He laid on the ground for a few minutes, but then was able to get up and is seen walking off the field smiling. 

It is not known if this or any of the hits Cohen took in the game is related to his being in the hospital.

The football team met with coaches and counselors early Monday morning.  Faulkner said the team has planned to hold a shortened practice after school to show support for Cohen.  The Williams HS Athletic Director canceled all other athletic events scheduled for Monday.  

Harry Cohen's teammates and classmates came to class Monday dressed in the school colors.

They wore black and gold in support of their quarterback.

"It's tough for all of us to realize that there really is not much we can do for him but keep him in our prayers, and everybody is praying so hard right now," shared teammate Alex Gee. 

Staff and students don't know what happened,

Cohen took one hit that kept him on the field for a few minutes.

But Coach David Green says it is not related to the game.

"It was just a matter of exhaustion at that point. Of course, our team doctor went out when Harry was down in the end zone, and he looked at him. And we went out there and Harry came off laughing, joking and was feeling fine after that," explained Green.

Green said he also checked on Cohen on Saturday and he was fine. 

He said the team will still play its game Friday night.

He said the team felt it was important to be together.

They'll play at Graham.

Facebook page has been set up in support of Harry Cohen.  Students at the school wore school colors, black and gold to support Cohen.


Burlington Times-News / WFMY News 2

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