Sunday, September 19, 2010

OSG High: East Texas QB Collapses During Game, Dies In Hospital

((HT: KFDM-TV/Beaumont, Texas))

A hospital spokeswoman in eastern Texas says a high school quarterback has died after collapsing on the sideline during a game.

Memorial Hermann Baptist-Orange Hospital ((Beaumont, TX)) spokeswoman Mary Poole told the local media in that part of Texas that West Orange-Stark ((TX)) high school senior quarterback Reggie Garrett ((pictured, thanks Beth Rankin/Beaumont Enterprise)) died Friday night. No cause of death has been determined and an autopsy was ordered. No word on how long those results will take,but normally, it's a few weeks at the earliest.

The Beaumont Enterprise newspaper reports, with Christopher Dabe, that Garrett collapsed on the sideline during the second quarter shortly after throwing his second touchdown of the game against Jasper High School.

Stark DC Cornel Thompson told the newspaper that he saw Garrett collapse, and he knew Garrett had a history of seizures. Thompson was not aware of their severity in the past, their history, or any other characteristic with any associated illness.

The team found out during the fourth quarter of their game that Garrett had passed away.

"Coaching this game for 40 years, it's really not that important is it, when something like this happens," West Orange-Stark coach Dan Hooks told the Enterprise. "You talk about a great kid, friend, a teammate -- these kids all thought of him."

Here's the beginning of team coverage in Beaumont...

KFDM also caught up with Garrett's head coach and Offensive Coordinator who believes Garrett is "throwing touchdowns in heaven."

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