A high school football player in Louisiana died Friday night after he was injured on a punt return, police in Winnsboro, La., said.
Franklin Parish High sophomore Tyrell Cameron was wheeled off the field on a stretcher in the fourth quarter and taken to Franklin Medical, according to multiple reports. KNOE reported Cameron suffered a broken neck, although an investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of death.
An ambulance company was on the sideline and rushed on the field to provide care.
The Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office did not immediately return a message from USA TODAY Sports.
The school also put out a message on Twitter:
Frankin Parrish lost 14-0 to Sterlington. Via Twitter, Sterlington issued a statement pledging support to Franklin Parish.
Aaron Monnin played on the football team at Franklin Parish last season and was a senior offensive lineman. The starters on offense used to work against the scout team defense and Cameron was a freshman middle linebacker.
“He was humble,” Monnin said late Friday night. “He was very instinctive and had overwhelming potential. We would tell him how good he was going to be and he never accepted it. He would just flash us a grin and shake his head.
“He listened to coaching and advice from upperclassmen. He listened to everything somebody would tell him. He worked hard and would pay attention to little things, man. He would pay attention to how big splits were on the offensive line, to see if we’re pulling or not. He was a great guy.
“There’s a lot more I could say but words just wouldn’t do it justice.”
Support for the school and the player’s family poured in on social media as news spread.
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