Local High School Football Coach Responds to National Player Death

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April 29 2021 08:00 pm

A high school football player dies after taking a hard hit during a game in New Jersey.
Right now– officials are being tight lipped about the situation– but what if it happened here in the Ohio Valley?

After a hard hit, Evan Murray–was woozy and was taken off the field. Even then, he gave a thumbs up sign.
That doesn’t surprise Wheeling Park’s head coach Chris Daugherty.

“Rarely as a football coach are you going to have player that says, ‘Coach, I can’t go,’ they want to be on the field and they want to do what they can for their team and their coaching staff,” said Daugherty. “I think it’s important that you’re proactive as a coach and that you have trainers and doctors available.”

Daugherty says for a coach, a tragedy like this would make winning games a pretty low priority and believes it would be hard to go on with the rest of the season.

Evan Murray is the third high school football player to die this season so far, after others in Oklahoma and Louisiana.

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