(OBSERVERTODAY) — Almost three days after suffering a severe head injury during a Class D varsity football game, Brocton High School junior Damon W. Janes has died.
"Damon W. Janes, 16, a junior who attended Brocton Central School, lost his fight and went to be with the Lord following his injury resulting from helmet-to-helmet collision during a Westfield/Brocton varsity football game," according to an official joint statement from Women & Children's Hospital at Buffalo and the family of Janes. "His 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."
The 16-year-old running back was transported to Olean General Hospital from Portville, then to Women & Children's, after taking the helmet-to-helmet hit during the third quarter of a football game Friday night between Brocton Central School and Westfield Academy and Central School (which has a combined football team) and Portville Central School. Janes reportedly lost consciousness after the hit. The game was called off after the injury.
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