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A high school football player collapsed and died moments after scoring a touchdown, NBC station KSN reported.
Luke Schemm's on-field death was the 11th fatality related to high-school football since July, the affiliate reported, citing figures from the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
The 17-year-old high-school senior was playing for Wallace County High School in Sharon Springs, Kansas, when he scored a touchdown in the middle of the third quarter on Tuesday, his father told reporters. The teen ran to the sidelines and collapsed moments later.
Schemm was transferred to a hospital near Denver, Colorado, where doctors declared him brain dead. The announcement that the teenager was taken off life support was made by the family’s pastor during a vigil Wednesday night, according to KSN.
"We have come to terms that Luke, our beautiful gift from God, is no longer with us," Luke's father, David Schemm, told reporters. "Luke gave everything in life he had, in every moment. As a son, a brother and a friend."
David Schemm painted a picture of a well-rounded teenager who excelled on the football field and basketball court, as well as being an active member of the church.
"We do not know exactly" what happened, David Schemm said. "Other than on the final play, when he was in for the two-point conversion, he was tackled, right before he went into the end-zone. And at that point he ran to the sidelines and collapsed."
However, the teen's dad said he had asked coaches at the school not to postpone forthcoming games.
"He lived life with a passion, and that's what we want to see the team do," he said. "And I told the coach I don't care if you win or lose, I want these boys, and I want these kids to lay it all out there on that field."