Prep athlete recovering at home after head injuries

The Westminster Catawba Christian School freshman football player who was flown to a Charlotte hospital after being injured in Monday's game is back home in Rock Hill.

Ian Brandt suffered a concussion and a slight skull fracture, said his father, Kirk Brandt.

Ian will have to wear a neck brace for the next eight weeks because of possible ligament damage.

Kirk Brandt said he expects Ian to return to school Thursday.

"We're feeling really well," he said. "We're in very high spirits and happy that Ian's doing well. We're just thankful that the injury isn't more serious and that he's doing well and we're able to bring him home from the hospital."

Ian, a wide receiver, was trying to catch a pass when he collided with two defenders for the opposing team.

The game was canceled, and the field and stands were cleared so a helicopter could land in the end zone. Ian was flown to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment.

Deanne Regier, principal of the upper school, said an announcement was made during homeroom Tuesday morning to let students know what had happened to Ian. Students signed cards during the day, and the student body president prayed for him during an unrelated morning assembly.

The school's Web site also had updates on Ian's condition.

"There is a lot of prayer happening," Regier said. "There's a good spirit here on campus, and we're really just here for him."