Friday, September 6, 2013, hundreds of roaring Panther fans filled the Blanco football stadium to watch as the Blanco Panthers took on the Comfort Bobcats. The Panthers fought a strong game and ended up on top with a 39-14 win, which according to many was expected. However, there was an ending to the game that could not have been predicted.
Just moments after the game had ended and excited fans were rushing the field, senior wide receiver Philip Alvarado collapsed on the field. Paramedics asked all bystanders to leave the field and then, shortly after, whisked Alvarado off to the hospital.
There was not a dry eye in the stadium as the ambulance departed. Almost completely silently though, people flooded back onto the field to make a circle with trembling hands tightly locked. While choking back worried tears, members within the circle prayed long and hard for The Lord to save Philip Alvarado.
Prayers were answered that night as Alvarado made a full recovery and was released from the hospital Saturday afternoon.
Looking back on Friday night, Alvarado said, "I honestly don't know what caused or triggered my injures but I know it was a true miracle. Laying and fighting for life was a definite once in a lifetime experience, but I was never scared, just confident that God will protect me with the people I love."
Then, in response to hearing about the giant prayer circle and prayer chain that had started for him, Alvarado said, "I was just happy to hear that no matter what happens God is there; and to see hundreds of people pray and hear that hundreds of people prayed from towns I've never been too and people I've never even met makes me positive that prayer is so powerful. But the one thing that made me joyful was that a young girl found Christ at the prayer circle..... If it were one of the hundreds that got to know God then I'll do it again any day so that one more person can know and have a relationship with Christ!"
If nothing else, Philip Alvarado is living proof that not everything is guaranteed in this life. However, there are two things for certain: Jesus performed a miracle in small town Blanco, Texas under those Friday night lights; and Panthers are not ashamed to pray.