Madison Central football coaches Mike Brown (left) and Anthony Hart (right) pose for a photo next to the hospital bed of Jaguar sophomore tight end Jack Houston, who collapsed at football practice last week.
Madison Central football coaches Mike Brown (left) and Anthony Hart (right) pose for a photo next to the hospital bed of Jaguar sophomore tight end Jack Houston, who collapsed at football practice last week.
The Madison Central football player who collapsed last week during practice is home from the hospital and recovering and the head coach is giving the Lord credit for having people in the right place.

Jack Houston was rushed to the emergency room on Aug. 27 after he fainted on the football field due to a non-football related heart condition, school officials said.

Doctors determined he had reduced heart function, likely due to an inherent condition or from a viral infection.

The sophomore was initially unresponsive in the hospital, but once his condition stabilized, doctors there implanted a defibrillator in his chest as a precautionary measure.

Last Thursday, Houston was awake and taken off the ventilator.His heart function was reduced, according to tests.

On Friday, Houston watched a livestream of Madison Central’s 28-14 win over Brandon from his hospital bed and was able to go home the following day.

Doctors say the quick action from Madison Central athletic trainer Josh Hardin probably saved Houston’s life.

“To me, if you want to know my belief, God’s hand’s all in it,” Madison Central Coach Anthony Hart said. “He had Josh at the right place, he had the EMTs at the right place, coaches at the right place.”