An Oklahoma middle school football player died Tuesday after playing in a game.
The office of Lexington Public Schools Superintendent Chad Hall confirmed to USA TODAY Sports the death of middle-schooler Riley Boatwright. Specific details of the death were not provided to respect the family’s wishes.
“Our school and community hearts are heavy after the loss of a bulldog student and incredible young man,” Hall said in a statement obtained by USA TODAY Sports. “Lexington Public Schools will provide counselors and safe spaces for students and staff in the days to come as needed to share memories and feelings.”
Lexington Middle School coach Dale Berglan also confirmed the death in an interview with The Oklahoman.
Boatwright was carted off the field after suffering a serious injury on a play in Tuesday’s game in Stratford, according to the Oklahoma City TV station News9. Paramedics attempted CPR at the scene.
A cause of death was not known and no other information was immediately available.
Boatwright’s death is the second this month of a young football player in Oklahoma. Peter Webb, 16, died Sept. 15 after suffering a head injury during a game. He played for Southwest Covenant-Yukon (Oklahoma City).
Contributing: Associated Press