EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The rivalry runs deep, but on Friday evening, the battle for the West Side Nut Club trophy became bigger than football.
Reitz and Mater Dei fans came together to help a Nut Club member fighting for his life.
Grant Johnson was hurt when he fell from a UTV during the fall festival. He has been in the hospital ever since.
Since the accident, we’ve heard many stories of people, even some strangers, pulling together to help the Johnson family. It continued on Friday with t-shirt sales.
"I was like, ‘I better have one,'” Sherry Hart said.
The receiver of money collected is Grant Johnson and his family.
“I was very, very worried for him,” family friend Audrey Julian explained. “And, of course, still am. We just really want to help. Really praying for him and the family.”
As Johnson fell, he hit his head and has had to have surgery to control brain bleeds. He remains under medical sedation.
“Started praying for him,” Hart added.
“The family can use this money, frankly, for their day-to-day lives as no one is working right now,” Julian told 14 News. “Future medical bills. growing kids need food.”
Grant has a wife and four children. One of his sons plays football for Reitz.
An update was released Friday afternoon on Facebook. It says Grant was taken off a vent tube and put on a trach tube, which, the group wrote, is better for long-term recovery. The post went on to read there are small positive signs, but he remains in critical condition.