WINNSBORO, La. (AP) – A high school football player from a rural north Louisiana community has died from an injury that occurred during a game.
Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb identified the victim as 16-year-old Tyrell Cameron, a Franklin Parish High School player who was hurt while helping cover a punt in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s game against Sterlington.
Johnny Ogden, an investigator with the parish coroner’s office, said the player collapsed on the field after impact with another player. He was transported to the emergency room at Franklin Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The coroner’s office was still investigating the precise cause of death, Ogden said.
As news of the player’s death spread, LSU coach Les Miles said he was planning reach out to the coaching staff at Franklin Parish.
“Just a horrible situation,” Miles said after the weather-related cancellation of LSU’s season opener against McNeese State on Saturday night. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved in the entire thing. You work so hard to get out there on the football field. … You never expect something like this to happen. Just a horrible and sad situation and again our prayers are with the family, school, coaches and players.”
The main sanctioning body of high school sports in the state, the Louisiana High School Athletic Association, also released a statement from executive director Eddie Bonine.
“As a father of three children, my heart breaks for Tyrell’s family,” Bonine said. “I cannot imagine their pain.”