A high school football player died after suffering an injury on the field, school officials said Saturday.
Warren Hills Regional Schools interim superintendent Gary Bowen said in a statement that senior quarterback Evan Murray died following an injury he suffered during the game against Summit High School. Officials have not given a cause of death.
Taylor Coughlin, a 16-year-old junior at Warren Hills Regional High School, tells NJ Advance Media, that Murray walked off the field under his own power after taking a hit in the backfield. She said Murray later collapsed on the sideline, then stood up with help and sat on a gurney before being taken by ambulance to a hospital.
Superintendent Bowen said grief and crisis counselors are available today at the Warren County high school in Washington Township.
Coughlin said Murray, whom she’s known since seventh grade, was in the National Honor Society, and was “an amazing student and an amazing athlete.”
Murray was a three-sport athlete at Warren Hills and had been the Blue Streaks’ starting quarterback for three years. He also played baseball and basketball.