Ashland High School senior Max Gordon remains in critical condition after a car accident last Wednesday night, but he has been taken off the ventilator and brain pressure monitor, according to a Web site that the family is updating.

Gordon suffered from head and spleen injuries during the crash, but he is now able to respond to visitors, communicating through gestures, said head football coach Charlie Hall who visited him over the weekend.

"It's one day at a time right now," Hall said. "It's a matter now of dealing with issues like pneumonia from being in the hospital and on the respirator."

Gordon, 17, was an all-conference defensive back for the Grizzlies. He also played on the state champion American Legion baseball team last year as a right fielder.

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His teammates have sent notes of encouragement, and Hall said there would be "quite a reception" when he is released from the hospital.

"This senior class in Ashland is very close," he said. "If one of them gets hurt like this they really bond together."

Gordon and his older brother Nicholas were returning from a ski trip at Mt. Bachelor Wednesday when the crash occurred around 7 p.m. near Eagle Point.

Nicholas Gordon, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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