Last friday, Westfield/Brocton High School football player Damon Janes was rushed to the hospital after a helmet-to-helmet collision rendered him unconscious.
Sadly, it has been reported that the junior running back passed away in the Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo on Monday afternoon.
"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. 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."
Unfortunately, he is the second high schooler to die this year after 16-year-old De’Antre Turman fractured a vertebrae during a scrimmage.
Football officials on all levels, including professional and collegiate have been attempting to crack down on head-to-head collision in order to avoid such injuries and make the game safer, but obviously there is still some work to be done.
A memorial benefit is currently being organized to help his family through this incredibly difficult time and is set to take place on September 29th.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Damon's friends and family.
[Image via Instagram.]