COLLEGE STATION, TX
A day before Navasota High School plays in the state football championship, one of the star players has been injured in a car accident.
19-year-old Xavier Creeks suffered a broken leg and underwent surgery Thursday afternoon at St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan.
Xavier Creeks has helped the Navasota Rattlers stay undefeated 15-0 this season as a running back and defensive player too.
He suffered a bad break to his leg Thursday morning after crashing into a concrete culvert. While it's disappointing he won't be able to play in the big game Friday, his family says they are blessed to have him still here.
He's been playing the game of football nearly his whole life.
And Navasota High School Running Back Xavier Creeks is used to getting hit, but not like this.
Thursday morning Xavier broke his leg but escaped with his life after crashing the Ford Explorer he was driving into a concrete culvert on Industrial Drive south of Navasota around 5 A.M.
"You know I'm disappointed that this happened but I'm like I say thanking God he's alive." said his father Willie Creeks Junior.
He fell asleep after his father Willie Creeks Junior was dropped off at work.
That broken leg means he'll miss the Rattlers' biggest game of the season, the state championship.
But his family is just grateful he's still here
"You know God knew what he had in store and what is meant to be was meant to be. You know we can't control what happened," his father added.
Xavier's grandmother Bobbie Creeks and family are turning to their faith during this time, praying for a quick recovery.
"Just hope he's gonna be all right. We are gonna win this game because his Granny says so," said Bobbie Creeks.
Dozens of friends and family members waited at St. Joseph Hospital as Xavier underwent successful surgery to repair his leg.
"I love you Xav,!" a group of them said.
His Grandfather Willie Creeks Senior appreciates the prayers. They'll be heading to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington to support the team in person at Friday's game.
"He will be greatly missed but there are others to step up," said Willie Creeks Sr.
"All I'm doing is praying and praying for the team. I'm going to watch the team tomorrow. We are going to win state," said Willie Creeks Jr.
We're told Xavier Creeks will likely be cheering on his teammates from his hospital bed as the Rattlers take on Gilmer at 4:06 P.M. Friday on Fox Sports Net Southwest.
It's expected to take several months for him to fully recover.
This is Xavier's last year in high school and he has looked into possibly playing college football after he graduates.
But his family will wait to see how he recovers.
Navasota Head Football Coach Lee Fedora confirmed Thursday morning that running back Xavier Creeks was involved in a car wreck Thursday driving his dad to work.
According to Fedora, Creeks suffered a broken leg. He was on his way back to Navasota when he fell asleep and ran off the road.
"We're glad he's alive," said Fedora.
Creeks has played a key role in the Rattlers success this season as they take an undefeated record (15-0) into Friday's Class 3A Division II state championship game against Gilmer (14-1). Besides playing running back, he was an honorable mention all-state defensive back for the Rattlers too.
Fedora says it's a blow to his team that is trying to win the school's first state football championship, but the bottom line is that Xavier is going to be OK.
"It's not the kinda call you want to get at 6:00 a.m.," said Fedora.
Navasota will leave for Arlington later Thursday morning in preparation for Friday's state championship game. They are set to kick things off against Gilmer at 4:06 p.m. from Cowboy Stadium in Arlington. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net Southwest.
This is the second major injury to come the Rattlers' way this season. Back in September against Lexington, linebacker Will Imhoff broke his ankle and missed the rest of the season. Imhoff will get to suit up with the team and run out onto the field on Friday, but has not been cleared to play. News 3 Sports Cody Coil will have that story Thursday night on News 3's 10 at Ten.