Conway rallies around football player hit by truck

The Conway community has always been a very tight knit and supportive group of people. That support group has been called upon heavily this past weekend to pray and rally around Conway senior defensive lineman Wesley Baker.

Baker was involved in a serious accident while walking along Hwy 701 this past Friday. According to those close to the program, Baker was walking along the edge of the road as an 18 wheeler was approaching. For reasons unknown, he took a step into the road and was hit by the passing truck.

Baker’s family has setup a Facebook page to ask for support via prayer. That page quickly grew to over 3500 members. As in any small community, rumors fly quickly and the page has set out to dispel some of those rumors and dispense information on Baker’s progress.

According to a recent post and confirmed by others, “Wesley did lose a foot. The other leg had to be reconstructed and is in a cast. They will be putting in a screen to block any blood clots if he should have any. His pancreas is damaged and his kidney’s bruised. He is in a medically induced coma because of the pain he would be in. Tomorrow (Tuesday) they will clean up his foot area and afterwards they will begin to wake him. At this point they do not know of any brain damage.

Conway football coach Chuck Jordan said that Baker did lose his foot, right above the ankle. “A lot of people are concerned. Folks around here look out for one another and he has a lot of family and friends interested in seeing him overcome the issues of the accident,” Jordan said.

Play by play voice for the Tigers, Ashley Smith, described Baker as, “one of those kids that has a high motor, a yes sir no sir guy.  He played the game hard and our thoughts are with him.”

Conway has had a tough offseason. Senior running back Tyreke Phillips was injured this past spring in a four wheeler accident and will not play football this year. Jordan said, “He’s fought and he’s doing much better. It was touch and go at one point.”

In addition, while attending South Carolina’s football camp in June, Senior offensive lineman Sam Hall tore his ACL. Hall is expected to make an attempt to play this season.

Football is certainly a huge part of the Conway community, but Jordan was eager to point out, “I like football, and I love the game, but when it comes to your health, some things are more important.”

Baker is not expected to return to football this year due to his injuries, “Wes always played hard. He gave everything he had. That impacts others around you. We’re going to miss his spirit. He played the game like it ought to be played.”

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