Texas High School Player Paralyzed After Helmet-to-Helmet Hit
Posted 04 September 2015 - 09:30 AM
In a tragic development in the first few weeks of football season, a sophomore JV player at Stony Point High School, in Central Texas, was paralyzed from the waist down after a helmet-to-helmet hit in a game Wednesday.
The Austin American-Statesman reports the player, Jasiel Favors, laid motionless for 20 minutes after the collision. He was transported to the hospital and his head coach, Craig Chesser, accompanied Favors there, along with the family of the player.
According to the report, Favors had surgery on his neck and was using a breathing tube in his throat. Doctors don't know if he'll ever walk again.
"They could not move him off the field," a witness, Allison Thomas, told KVUE. "Once he went down they couldn't move him off the field. Once the ambulance got there it was about a 45 minute delay in the game. And it was very touching, very sad. And very hard to watch as the parent of a football player as well."
Favors is 16 years old.
Posted 05 September 2015 - 03:23 PM
C.J. Heckard was among Tyrell Cameron’s closest friends. They both played defense for the Franklin Parish High football team in Winnsboro, La., and were joking around before Friday’s night game, as they usually did.
Saturday morning, Heckard was left to remember his friend after Cameron died following an injury on a punt return against Sterlington suffered in the fourth quarter.
Cameron, a 16-year-old sophomore, was taken off the field on a stretcher and rushed to Franklin Medical, where he was pronounced dead.
“The last words he said to me were, ‘Show me something, C.J.,’ and I made a big hit in the game,” Heckard told USA TODAY Sports on Saturday. “We would always joke around with each other talking about who would have the most tackles and the end of the game, and that’s what I liked about him. He was highly competitive.”
The cause of death has not been determined pending an autopsy. KNOE reported that Cameron suffered a broken neck, but Johnny Ogden, an investigator for the coroner’s office, said that has not been confirmed.
Ogden said the autopsy is scheduled for later Saturday or early Sunday.
“He had a collision with another player and collapsed,” Ogden told USA TODAY Sports. “Life-saving measures were performed and CPR was performed, but he was pronounced dead (at the hospital).”
Posted 06 September 2015 - 12:55 PM
Tyrell Cameron, a prep football player at Franklin Parish High in Winnsboro, Louisiana, died Friday night following an undisclosed injury sustained during a punt return, according to Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb.
Cameron, a 16-year-old sophomore, tripped during a fourth-quarter return and fell forward into a teammate.
"He kind of stumbled and kind of hit [another player] in the chest area," said Cameron's friend Aaron Monnin, according to ABC News. "The bottom part of his face mask got caught in the middle of [the other player's] pads and pushed his head backwards."
Motionless on the field after the play, Cameron was taken to Franklin Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Posted 26 September 2015 - 01:39 PM
Three-sport athlete Evan Murray of Warren Hills Regional High School died after he was hurt in a game Friday night. Murray had been the football team's starting quarterback for three years.
A statement from interim Superintendent Gary Bowen said the school community is "deeply saddened" by his death. Bowen declined to take questions from reporters Saturday, saying a cause of death has not yet been determined. Authorities said an autopsy was planned.
People who attended the game said the 17-year-old Murray walked off the field under his own power after taking a hit in the backfield late in the second quarter. A short time later, he apparently collapsed.
Murray felt "woozy" after the tackle but tried reassuring his teammates he would be fine as he was lifted on a gurney and taken to a hospital, witnesses told the New York Daily News.
"He tried giving a thumbs-up to the rest of the team, and all of us cheered," said Kaitlin Bell, 16, a junior varsity cheerleader. "Our coach was telling us he was going to be all right. We didn't expect anything would happen."
Coaches, students and community members gathered at the school's football field Saturday for a memorial.
When you get hit in the head, what kills you is bleading in your brain. You may feel like you wil be o.k. but bleeding can kill you. Wasn't enough time in this case, but frequently the bleeding is slow and you end up dead after a day or two. If you get hit in the head, get checked out immediately.
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