High School Football Player Dies Of Traumatic Brain Injury Days


High School Football Player Dies Of Traumatic Brain Injury Days After Game


(CBS/AP) - A Hopi High School football player who scored his team's only touchdown in a playoff game over the weekend has died from an injury sustained in the fourth quarter.

The Arizona Interscholastic Association said Monday night that Charles Youvella died at a hospital of a traumatic brain injury.

Youvella, a senior, was injured in Hopi's 60-6 loss to Arizona Lutheran Saturday in the Arizona Division V first round playoffs. Hopi High School is in Kearns Canyon, Ariz., on the Hopi Indian Reservation in northeastern Arizona.

KTVK-TV reports that Youvella stayed in the game after hitting the back of his head when he was tackled. He collapsed on the field two plays later.

Youvella's father, Wallace, is a member of the Arizona Interscholastic Association. The AIA said Charles Youvella died with his family by his side.

"We send our condolences to the Youvella family and friends and encourage everyone to keep them in your thoughts and prayers," AIA said in a statement, according to Arizona Sports.

The AIA said an account would be established to help defray costs for the Youvella family.

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald tweeted his condolences to the Youvella family.

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