Covering High School Sports in America
A 16-year-old football player has died following a helmet-to-helmet collision that occurred in a varsity football game on Friday.

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Damon Janes, Brocton

Damon Janes, a junior at Westfield/Brocton (N.Y.) High School, died Monday afternoon at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. He reportedly lost consciousness in the third quarter following the collision in a game at Portville. Janes was a running back and defensive back.

Since the incident, friends, families and strangers have reached out to the Brocton community and the Janes family. Green, blue and white ribbons were wrapped around trees near the school. Well wishers left messages throughout Twitter feeds under #PrayForDamon. More than 8,300 "likes" have been clicked upon in support of Janes.

In a statement, the boy's parents expressed their "gratitude to those who have supported and prayed for Damon and his family.”

There have been 25 fatal injuries to American high school football players between 2003 and 2013, according to the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research at the University of North Carolina. About 1.1 million teens played high school football in the United States in 2012, according to the same report, and approximately 4.2 million played the sport that year from the youth to NFL level.