High school football player dies after suffering severe head injury

A 16-year-old high school football player has died three days after suffering a severe head injury during a game, ObserverToday.com reported.

Damon Janes, of Brocton, N.Y., was involved in a helmet-to-helmet collision during a varsity football game between Brocton Central School and the combined teams of Westfield Academy and Portville Central School, reportedly losing consciousness after the hit. He was transported to a local hospital

"[Janes'] parents wish to express their gratitude to those who have supported and prayed for Damon and his family, and continue to request that their privacy be respected at this time," Women & Children's Hospital at Buffalo and the family of Janes said in a joint statement.

All competitive sporting events this week in the Brocton and Westfield school districts were canceled.

According to the New York State Sportswriters Association, several athletes have died during fall sports in the past two years.

Ridge Barden, 16, of Phoenix, N.Y., collapsed during a 2011 football game due to brain bleeding after forceful bodily contact. Ronan Guyer, 14, of Southold, N.Y., died last November after being in a coma triggered by cardiac arrest before a cross country meet in Elma, N.Y.

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