‘Great kid, athlete’ dies after high school football game

(CNN) — Mourners gathered on the track that rings the Alto High School Yellowjackets’ football field in Texas on Saturday. They held hands and prayed for junior Cam’ron Matthews, who died after a game under the Friday night lights the day before, marking the sixth U.S. high school football death this season.

It was not clear from local media reports what exactly happened, but CNN affiliate KLTV in Tyler, about an hour’s drive from Alto, reported that the 6-foot junior told his teammates during a huddle that he felt dizzy shortly before halftime.

He then collapsed, and a helicopter transported him to a Tyler hospital, the station reported. The game against Carlisle High School of Price, Texas, was postponed.

Multiple media outlets, including CNN affiliate KETK, reported that Matthews died Saturday after suffering a seizure during the game.

A GoFundMe page set up to gather donations for Matthews’ parents and sister described the teen as “a great kid, athlete, strong in his faith & a friend to many.”

Alto Independent School District Superintendent Kerry Birdwell grew teary as he described the young wide receiver, quarterback and safety. He told CNN affiliate KTRE that counselors will be available for students on Monday.

“When you have your own children and you want them to emulate someone and to follow in their footsteps, Cam’ron was a perfect example of that,” Birdwell told the station.

“He was a great kid in the classroom, unbelievable athlete, but more importantly just a great, great kid.”

Neither the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office nor the nearest coroner, in Dallas County, had Matthews’ cause of death Sunday. The Dallas County coroner said it would forward its autopsy results to Cherokee County, where Alto is located.

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