#Update | November 1, 2022 (WJBF) – NewsChannel 6 has received correspondence from Burke County Public Schools in reference to Coach Parker.
Burke County High School football coach Eric Parker is recovering in the hospital after collapsing on the field during the game in Wayne County last night. Coach Parker’s wife, Rashann, said, “Thanks to God and the quick actions of our athletic trainer and the Wayne County Medical personnel, he is alert and doing well.” The Parker family would like to express their sincere gratitude for the outpouring of prayers and support. Coach Parker will remain in the hospital for the next few days.Burke County Public Schools
JESUP, Ga. (WJBF) — Burke County High School football coach Eric Parker is expected to make a full recovery after collapsing on the field during his team’s game in Wayne County Monday night. Parker collapsed during the first half of the Bears’ 17-16 loss Monday night and was airlifted to St. Joseph’s hospital in Savannah.
Fox Creek head football coach Lemuel Lackey, a close friend of Parker’s, visited the Burke County coach in the hospital Monday night. Lackey told NewsChannel 6 Parker had 90-percent blockage in one artery. Both he and Parker’s wife Rashann expressed their thanks to the medical staff at Wayne County High School for their quick action.
The game was delayed for 30 minutes while Parker received medical attention. Per Georgia High School Association rules, had the Bears elected to stop the game, they would have been forced to forfeit. Monday night’s game was for second place in Region 3-AAAA, with the winner earning a home game in the first round of the state playoffs.
Burke County was denied on a two-point conversion attempt in overtime, losing 17-16.
Parker is an icon of local high school football, having been a head coach in the CSRA since 1997, winning 206 games in 26 seasons.
He began his high school head coaching career at Laney in 1997, where he turned around a Wildcats program that hadn’t made the postseason since 1990 and led it to two region championships in ten seasons.
Parker moved to Burke County in 2007, where he’s won 138 games in 16 seasons including seven region championships and the 2011 state championship. His teams have made the playoffs every year since 2000.
Lackey says Parker will remain in the hospital for more tests over the next few days before returning home.
The Bears, currently ranked No. 6 in Georgia Class-AAAA, play at Southeast Bulloch on Friday night.
Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 for the latest on this developing story.