The Warren Hills Regional High School football team’s game against Voorhees has been postponed with both programs hoping to make up the contest, according to Voorhees Athletics Director Al Stumpf.
The Blue Streaks were scheduled to return to the field Saturday night, eight days after 17-year-old quarterback Evan Murray died after being injured in a game against Summit.
According to the Warren Hills school district’s website, the Blue Streaks’ varsity football game “will be rescheduled and immediately announced upon determination.”
Massive internal bleeding due to a laceration of the spleen caused Murray’s death, according to Morris County Medical Examiner Dr. Ronald Suarez.
Suarez determined Murray’s spleen was abnormally enlarged, making it more susceptible to injury. Suarez said there was no evidence of head trauma or heart disease. He classified the manner of death as accidental.
Earlier this week, Warren Hills postponed Spirit Week activities including the school’s homecoming dance, as the school community mourned Murray’s passing with thousands attending his wake and funeral over the past two days.
In a show of solidarity and as a symbol of respect for Murray, players from the Mid-State 38 Conference and the Greater Middlesex Conference will wear specially designed helmet decals for the remainder of the season beginning this weekend.
South Hunterdon, Bound Brook, Brearley and Roselle Park were the first to adorn their helmets with the decals during their respective games last night.
The helmet decals, which Riddell designed and donated to approximately 9,000 players at nearly 80 schools, some outside of the Mid-State 38 and GMC, display a blue lightning bolt, symbolic of the Blue Streaks’ logo, piercing Murray’s No. 18 in white numerals across a black backdrop.
In addition, all Mid-State 38 and GMC schools will honor Murray with a moment of silence before or during all games this weekend.
Teams will have the option of holding a moment of silence before kickoff or during a stoppage of play exactly 18 minutes (real time, not scoreboard clock) after the start of each contest, with the 18-minute mark reflecting Murray’s jersey number.