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East Union Football Player Showing Signs Of Improvement

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Manteca, CA — The East Union High School football player seriously injured in a game Friday night is showing signs of improvement.

The family of Matthew Van Gelderen says he was responding to voices and moving his head slightly yesterday.

Although his vital signs have improved, he has yet to regain consciousness and remains on a respirator following surgery to relieve skull pressure.

Van Gelderen is listed as critical but stable at San Joaquin County General Hospital.

Van Gelderen was injured while blocking an opponent during a kickoff play against Bear Creek in Stockton.