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      Mercedes Tigers football team prepares for season without star quarterback

      Weeks before the varsity Mercedes Tigers play their first football game of the season, the team is working to overcome losing their star quarterback.

      Everything runs through the quarterback and him being our quarterback, his value, I can TMt put into words, Coach Michael Uribe said.

      Isaiah Garza and his girlfriend Lisa Ramirez were involved in a rollover accident that sent both to the hospital.

      The accident broke Garzas 4th, 5th and 6th vertebrae in his neck cutting off any chance at playing football his senior year.

      A loss for the team he helped lead.

      "Isaiah is extremely committed, he worked hard form the off season conditioning to summer conditioning, Coach Uribe said. I haven TMt been around another individual that was more committed than him."

      Garza underwent surgery following the accident and according to family members he is communicating and showing signs that he is recovering.

      "We're staying optimistic with prayer, faith and strength, Coach Uribe said. Our focus is on a full recovery."

      Coach Uribe said the team has received an overflow of support from the community, coming from some of the most unexpected places.

      "Outside the Mercedes community the first people to extend their support was Edcouch/Elsa which is our biggest rival and so it TMs just amazing," he said.

      Coach Uribe asks for the community to continue praying for a full recovery for both Garza and Ramirez.