A HIGH SCHOOL sophomore from New Jersey has died two weeks after he was seriously injured during a football game.
Xavier McClain suffered catastrophic brain injuries during the game between Linden Tigers and Woodbridge on September 9.
McClain, a 5ft5in running back, was reportedly injured early in the second half during a kick-off return.
According to NJ.com, an ambulance transported him from the field directly to hospital where he was placed on life support.
Linden's Mayor Derek Armstead announced on September 22 that Xavier had sadly passed from his injuries, almost two weeks after the incident.
Armstead wrote on his Facebook page: "Together we prayed for a miracle and hoped for a different outcome.
"I trust that God knows better. HE needed an angel and decided to call Xavier home to be with HIM.
"With your prayers, Xavier fought a good fight.
"In the end, he succumbed to the injuries that he sustained a couple weeks ago while playing football during the LHS Tigers’ game vs Woodbridge.
"This news hurts because I have known his parents, Lisa and Norm for years, Xavier and Andres, their two sons, since they were little boys.
"Tragically, their worst fear came true. Norm and Lisa are devastated."
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According to TMZ, the local district have made counseling available to any students and staff who want to talk to a professional.
Linden School district released a statement saying: [The] district is deeply saddened by the tragic death of a Linden High School sophomore student.
"The district extends its heartfelt condolences and will continue to offer prayers and support to the family during this difficult time."
While Woodbridge's Superintendent of Schools Joseph Massimino added: "[Staff and students at Woodbridge] are saddened to hear this news, and we extend our deepest condolences to Xavier’s family.
"In speaking with the football coaches from Linden High School, Xavier was a dynamic young man whose positive attitude left an indelible mark on all those he interacted with.
"We will keep the family, friends, coaches, players, and the greater Linden community in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."