Texas Coach Improving After Sideline Hit

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SURRY, Texas -- Prayers are pouring in for Papa B's recovery.

“Mark Bachtel is still listed in critical condition, although we have seen some progress in the last 36 to 48 hours, ” his son Jason Bachtel announced at a press conference.

The 64-year-old assistant coach from Scurry-Rosser High School suffered a skull fracture during a football game gone wrong.

Coach Bachtel was airlifted to Baylor Hospital after a player from Malakoff High School collided with him on the sidelines. The coach went down, hitting his head on the concrete.

“Unfortunately, he was just not able to get out of the way of a sideline play and we are where we are,” explained Jason. "But you know, our kids are resilient, both from Malakoff and Scurry-Rosser.”

Since the accident, friends and family gathered at the school's stadium for a prayer vigil and came out in green to support their beloved Papa B.

His son Jason, who's the head football coach at Scurry-Rosser, shared a Facebook page dedicated to his dad's recovery.

But he's counting on one person, in particular, to make this call.

"We're at peace with what were seeing. God's will is going to win out and we know that!"

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