New Jersey high school sophomore dies from severe brain injury at football game 

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New Jersey precocious schoolhouse sophomore dies 2 weeks aft suffering terrible encephalon wounded during shot game

  • During the fatal game, play was stopped successful the 2nd fractional and the unfortunate was rushed into an ambulance
  • Xavier McClain was successful infirmary connected beingness enactment for astir 2 weeks earlier succumbing to his terrible injuries. 
  • Kick-offs person been described by Mark Murphy, a subordinate of the league's contention committee, arsenic 'by acold the astir unsafe play successful the game' 

By Claudia Aoraha, Senior Reporter For Dailymail.Com

Published: 20:39 BST, 22 September 2022 | Updated: 04:38 BST, 23 September 2022

Tributes person poured successful for a much-loved precocious schoolhouse sophomore who died 2 weeks aft helium suffered a traumatic wounded during a varsity shot game.  

Xavier McClain, from New Jersey, was playing successful a shot crippled for Linden High School connected September 9 erstwhile helium sustained a terrible encephalon wounded portion returning a kick-off. 

During the fatal game, play was stopped successful the 2nd fractional and McClain, who was 5'5 tall, was rushed into an ambulance. 

McClain was successful infirmary connected beingness enactment for astir 2 weeks earlier succumbing to his terrible injuries yesterday.  

Linden High School ended up winning that crippled against Woodbridge 31 to 0, acknowledgment to important contributions from Xavier, according to those who were astatine the match. 

Tributes poured successful for the much-loved sophomore from New Jersey who died from his superior injuries earlier this month

Xavier McClain was playing successful a shot lucifer for Linden High School connected September 9 erstwhile helium was severely injured. He died astir 2 weeks aboriginal aft being connected beingness support

A kick-off is erstwhile the twenty-two players are lined up earlier the kicker boots the shot from the 35-yard line. The players past sprint astatine each different from 15 yards away, alternatively of lining up conscionable feet apart.

This allows the imaginable for traumatic injuries - particularly to the cervix and head.  

The determination has been described by Mark Murphy, a subordinate of the league's contention committee, arsenic 'by acold the astir unsafe play successful the game.' 

McClain was praised for his athleticism - having breached into his school's lineup arsenic a freshman.  

Mayor of Linden Derek Armstead wrote successful tribute: 'Thank you to each my Linden Pray Warriors. Together we prayed for a occurrence and hoped for a antithetic outcome. 

'I spot that God knows better. HE needed an angel and decided to telephone Xavier location to beryllium with HIM. With your prayers, Xavier fought a bully fight. 

'In the end, helium succumbed to the injuries that helium sustained a mates weeks agone portion playing shot during the LHS Tigers' crippled vs Woodbridge.

'This quality hurts due to the fact that I person known his parents, Lisa and Norm for years, Xavier and Andres, their 2 sons, since they were small boys. My woman and I walk clip successful their location and our children played together. 

Xavier was successful the kick-off erstwhile helium was injured. The determination has been described by Mark Murphy, a subordinate of the league's contention committee, arsenic 'by acold the astir unsafe play successful the game'

'Tragically, their worst fearfulness came true. Norm and Lisa are devastated. Children are expected to outlive their parents, not the different mode around. I asked that you proceed to support the household successful your prayers.'

One heartbroken household subordinate wrote: 'To my cousins Norman and Lisa McClain, my prayers are with you connected the database of your lad Xavier, nary 1 knows the heartache that a genitor is going done erstwhile losing a child, I americium determination for you and with you. 

'I commune God comforts you and springiness you peace, cognize that Xav is smiling down connected you, and cognize that you volition spot him again successful the mourning.' 

Acting Superintendent of Schools Denise Cleary said: 'Xavier was critically injured during a varsity shot crippled connected Sept. 9, 2022. He has been hospitalized since and tragically passed distant past evening. We are highly saddened by his untimely death.' 

McClain is the 2nd Union County shot subordinate to dice successful September. Senior Ali Muhammad, from Rahway High School, died successful his slumber hours aft an mishap during training. 

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