Vandegrift’s Segina follows Vipers’ victory from press box, sidelines

As he continues to recover from head injury, standout receiver says his high school playing career has come to an end but he intends to join Rice’s team next season.

After spending three quarters in the press box, Paxton Segina couldn’t take it anymore, so the injured Vandegrift receiver headed down to the Vipers’ sideline to join his teammates during the fourth quarter of their postseason victory over Cedar Creek on Friday night.

He even donned a headset and called a few offensive plays late in the contest, which ended with Vandegrift winning 61-7.

“It’s a view that I don’t really want to see again — until I am a coach or something,” Segina said of his lofty perch at Monroe Stadium.

On Nov. 6, Segina suffered a head injury against visiting Georgetown and was airlifted to University Medical Center Brackenridge after displaying worsening concussion-related symptoms. He was released from the hospital the next day and has spent most of the past week resting at home.

On Friday, Segina and his mother, Wendy, recalled how his teammates crowded into the hospital’s waiting room, trickling in until the wee hours of the morning.

Wendy Segina said Travis County District Judge Julie Kocurek, who was shot outside her home the same night Paxton Segina suffered his injury, was treated in a room next to her son’s. The judge’s presence prompted a high level of security and limited the number of visitors to Paxton’s room, but his teammates still made their way there.

“There were a lot police there, and the team could only go in two at a time,” Wendy Segina said. “It took until 2:45 a.m., but they all came back there to see him.”

Paxton doesn’t remember much about his one-night hospital stay, but his mother has filled him in.

“As the night went on, my mom told me I kept getting better and better,” he said. “My teammates and coaches really cheered me up through the whole process.”

Segina, who’s a senior, said his high school football career is finished, but the Rice pledge intends to play for the Owls next season.

“I have been talking with (Rice wide receivers coach Billy) Lynch,” Segina said. “He has been making sure I am OK. I told him everything is all good and there are no problems there.”

His parents have been easing him back into a regular daily routine, Segina said, but he has yet to return to school, although he is keeping up with his class work.

Though he said he feels “as good as new,” he spent most of Friday’s game in the press box at the behest of his parents, who wanted him to avoid the bright lights and loud noises that players experience on the sidelines.

“I wouldn’t say that I have been holding off,” he said. “I would say it’s my dad and mom that have done that for me. If it were up to me, I would be back in it, even though that wouldn’t be the smartest thing to do.”

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