High School Football Player Dies After Helmet-To-Helmet Hit

Damon W. Janes, a 16-year-old from Brocton, New York, died Monday after losing consciousness on a helmet-to-helmet hit in a game on Friday night.

The hit happened in the third quarter of the game between Brocton/Westfield and Portville, reports the Times Observer. Janes was transported to a hospital in Buffalo, and the game was cancelled.

From reporter Ed Drantch:

This is the first high school football death since 2011, according to a report by University of North Carolina’s National Center For Catastrophic Sports injury. There were 39 high school football deaths from 2000-2012.

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