High School Football Player, 16, Dies After Collapsing During Friday Night Game in Louisiana
According to multiple reports, the boy was a sophomore injured during a punt return in the fourth quarter
A 16-year-old football player died Friday night in Louisiana after collapsing on the field in the middle of a play, local officials confirm to PEOPLE.
The boy was in the process of blocking or tackling when he collapsed, Johnny Ogden, an investigator with the Franklin Parrish Coroner’s Office in Louisiana tells PEOPLE.
He was injured during a punt return in the fourth quarter against Sterlington High School, according to these reports.
The school confirmed the player’s identity in a tweet.
Ogden declined to provide further details of the incident or release the boy’s name to PEOPLE, citing pending notification of the family.
The boy was pronounced dead shortly after being transported to the local emergency room, Ogden says.
An autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death, he says.
“He was humble,” Aaron Monnin, who played on the school’s team last season, told USA Today of the player. “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.”
Monnin continued: “There’s a lot more I could say, but words just wouldn t do it justice.”