For the second time in 10 days, a prep football player has died in a hospital days after he was injured in competition.
This time, the tragedy unfolded in California, where Riverside (Ca.) Arlington High junior Tyler Lewellen died at Riverside Community Hospital. According to the Riverside Press-Enterprise, the teen's death came five days after he was injured during Arlington's scrimmage against against Rubidoux (Ca.) High.
There was no official announcement of the conditions surrounding Lewellen's death, though he reportedly never regained consciousness after collapsing on the field at Rubidoux.
The teen's death was a huge shock to the team and the school community at large, with district officials announcing that a psychological crisis team would be at the school for as long as needed to cope with Lewellen's sudden loss.
"Tyler was a wonderful young man with a bright future ahead of him and everything to look forward to," said Arlington Principal Antonio Garcia. "We are so saddened that he was suddenly taken from us. Arlington appreciates our community’s support as we grieve the loss of one of our own."
Lewellen's death is the second in the preseason connected with an in-game injury. As previously reported here at Prep Rally, College Park (Ga.) Creekside High football star DeAntre "Tre Tre" Turman suffered a broken neck while making a tackle during a scrimmage against Bannecker (Ga.) High and died hours later at a Georgia hospital.
Riverside school district officials are reportedly reaching out to Lewellen's family in hopes of helping them cope with their grief, just as the community rallies around the school as a whole.