ORANGE, TX - Investigators said it may take weeks to determine how West Orange-Stark quarterback Reggie Garrett Jr. died Friday night after collapsing on the sidelines during a game.
The 17 year old star QB collapsed during the Mustangs' home game against Jasper in the second quarter shortly after throwing his second touchdown of the game.
Garrett lay motionless on the sideline as Acadian Ambulance Service personnel removed his jersey, shoulder pads and his face mask was cut from the helmet.
A hush fell over the stadium as Mustang teammates took a knee and Garrett was removed from the field.
Fans clapped and shouted encouragement as medics took Garrett off the field, and the game resumed soon after medics put him in an ambulance.
Memorial Hermann Baptist-Orange Hospital spokeswoman Mary Poole told The Associated Press that West Orange-Stark senior Reggie Garrett died at the Beaumont hospital about 9:30 p.m. Friday.
She said no cause of death has been determined, and an autopsy was ordered.
According to West Orange-Stark coach Dan Hooks, Garrett appeared to suffer a seizure near the sideline and medics present at the game rushed him to the hospital in an ambulance.
Garrett arrived in the emergency room at 8:30 p.m. and was pronounced dead an hour later.
A cause of death hasn't been determined. Funeral services are pending.
Those who knew Garrett describe him as a loving humble school leader who loved football and dreamed of playing for the Texas Longhorns one day.
West Orange-Stark ultimately won 27-6, but before the conclusion, what was hoped to be just a rumor of Garrett's death was being talked about in the stadium and football fields across Southeast Texas.
The "rumor" was in fact true.
"He's a good kid," said WO-S kicker Bryce Crew, "He's a good athlete-there's a lot of good you can say about Reggie. He was an all-around great kid. He was perfect...it was just a great loss and it's a tragedy."
School district officials will meet Sunday to determine whether the team will play its next two games.