September 17, 2010

Texas QB dies after collapsing on sideline

UPDATES: Read the latest on Reggie Garrett from TheOldCoach.com and the Beaumont Enterprise.

WEST ORANGE, 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 spokeswoman Mary Poole told The Associated Press that Orange (Texas) West Orange-Stark senior Reggie Garrett died at the Beaumont hospital about 9:30 p.m. Friday. She said no cause of death has been determined, and an autopsy was ordered.

The Beaumont Enterprise reports that Garrett collapsed on the sideline during the second quarter shortly after throwing his second touchdown of the game against Jasper.

According to the paper, Garrett appeared unresponsive as medics carted him off the field following his collapse midway through the second quarter. Medics loaded Garrett into an ambulance and the game continued to its conclusion, a 27-6 victory for West Orange-Stark.

Head coach Dan Hooks says Garrett appeared to suffer a seizure.

"I saw him come off the field, and he was kind of, 'Yay, good shot.' He was happy," Hooks told Christopher Dabe of the Enterprise. "That was all. There wasn't any major reaction."

West Orange-Stark assistant coach Cornel Thompson said players tapped his shoulder and pointed to Garrett after he got to the sideline.

"Kids tapped me on the shoulder and said, 'Coach, Reggie,'" Thompson told the paper. "I turned around and seen him on his knees and then moved him on his side. They thought he was having a seizure."

Several WO-S players dropped to one knee as medics tended to Garrett. Other players put their arms around each other as the stadium fell silent. Medics slowly removed Garrett shoulder pads and jersey top as he lay motionless on his side.

PHOTO GALLERY: View slideshow of Reggie Garrett by the Beaumont Enterprise.

Word about Garrett's death began to filter through the stadium soon after the third quarter began, according to the paper. Hooks said the teams continued to play because of the uncertainty about Garrett's status.

"We really didn't know until, we just kind of found out," Hooks said. "I couldn't verify. It was kind of a rumor. It was just horrible."

Garrett (6-2, 175), was a two-star dual-threat quarterback as rated by Rivals.com and held an offer from Iowa State.

His death comes just one week after Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic running back Hayward Demison suffered a heart attack on the sideline and was resuscitated by a nurse who was in the stands watching the game.

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