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9 Players Take Head Blows, High School Forfeits Game

4 players showed signs of concussion; opposing coach says they were 'outmatched'

(Newser) - A high school team in Canada forfeited a game Friday after nine players suffered head injuries, CBC News reports. The coach of the Ecole L'Odyssee Olympiens says he had no choice after four members of the team in New Brunswick showed symptoms of concussion, including vomiting. "We had... More »

Football Team Needed a Player, and a 5-Foot-2 Girl Stepped Up

ESPN profiles rural Texas team, but not with the ending you might expect

(Newser) - ESPN has a lengthy feature on a high school football team in Texas, but Friday Night Lights this isn't. The story is about a team in tiny Harrold, Texas, where the schools are so small they play a six-man version of the game on a shorter field. Players... More »

Collision on Sidelines of Football Game Kills Retired Teacher

Traumatic brain injury claims math teacher of 31 years

(Newser) - Over the course of 31 years, Scranton Prep math teacher Tony Cantafio became known as "Taps" for his devoted work on the sidelines of football, baseball, and basketball games keeping score and stats for the players. Perhaps he died doing what he loved, then, as he suffered a traumatic... More »

High School Football Team Is So Big, Others Won't Play

Rivals are forfeiting against Archbishop Murphy in Washington state

(Newser) - After crushing the opposition by a combined total of 170-0 in its first three games of the season, Archbishop Murphy High School in Washington state won the next three games when their opponents forfeited out of fear of literally being crushed. The Everett high school is a private Catholic institution,... More »

Accusations of 'Offensive' Touching Rock Oregon Football Team

High schoolers allegedly hazed 11 freshmen

(Newser) - An off-season training camp was meant to strengthen Oregon's Philomath High School football team. Instead, an incident of "aggravated hazing" has turned the team upside down. Juvenile delinquency petitions will be filed against six players, aged 15 to 17, after a July incident involving 11 freshmen at the... More »

Guy Beaten in Chicken Costume Awarded $10.5M

He was piled on at high school pep rally

(Newser) - A California man whose life was forever altered by donning a chicken suit for a high school pep rally has been awarded a lot more than chicken scratch in a lawsuit against Kern High School District. Mitch Carter was a 17-year-old student at Bakersfield High School in 2010 when he... More »

Texas Town Spending $63M on High-School Football Stadium

It will be the most expensive high-school stadium in the country

(Newser) - How much do Texans love football? Nearly two-thirds of voters in McKinney, Texas, just voted to spend $62.8 million on a new high-school football stadium. Fox News reports it will be the most expensive high-school stadium in the country. "We're visionaries," the Dallas Morning News quotes... More »

Teen Who Flashed Genitals in Yearbook Is Off the Hook

Hunter Osborn, 19, lucks out after scandalous photo

(Newser) - Hunter Osborn probably won't feel like pulling any pranks in the near future, but it looks like he's off the hook for his last one. The 19-year-old student at Red Mountain High School in Mesa, Ariz., was hit with 69 counts of indecent exposure over the weekend, plus... More »

Teen Charged After Flashing Genitals in Yearbook Prank

Arizona's Hunter Osborn hit with 69 counts of indecent exposure

(Newser) - A 19-year-old high school football player in Mesa, Ariz., has been hit with 69 counts of misdemeanor indecent exposure after school officials discovered he had flashed his genitals in a yearbook photo, CBS News reports. Hunter Osborn also has a felony charge of furnishing harmful items to minors after he... More »

Another High School Football Player Is Dead

Andre Smith, 17, died Friday after taking a hit on the last play of a game

(Newser) - Another high school football player—17-year-old senior Andre Smith of Chicago's Bogan High School—has died following an on-field injury, the Chicago Tribune reports. Andre's stepfather, Dwayne Smith, tells the paper he heard Andre was hit on the last play of a game on Thursday, complained of a... More »

Texas High School Football Player Collapses at Game, Dies

Community in Alto mourns Cam'ron Matthews, 6th player to die this season in US

(Newser) - The Alto Yellowjackets high school football team and an entire Texas community are mourning the death of one of their own. The Alto superintendent confirmed that Cam'ron Matthews died Saturday after collapsing during a Friday night game, KLTV reports—making the junior the sixth high school football player to... More »

High School QB Died of Internal Bleeding

New Jersey teen suffered lacerated spleen during game

(Newser) - A New Jersey teen died during a football game Friday night, and now the medical examiner has determined the cause. An autopsy found that Warren Hills quarterback Evan Murray died from a lacerated spleen, the Morris County medical examiner says, partly because the 17-year-old had an abnormally large organ that... More »

High School Quarterback Dies After Injury in Game

17-year-old took a hit and was able to walk off the field

(Newser) - A star high school athlete is dead in New Jersey after being injured in a football game last night, reports Lehigh Valley Live . It's not clear exactly what happened to Evan Murray, the quarterback for Warren Hills Regional High School. Witnesses say the 17-year-old took a hit but walked... More »

440-Pound Teen May Be Biggest Football Player Ever

Like in the NFL and the world, not just in high school

(Newser) - When he was in sixth grade, John Krahn was 6 feet tall, and by the time he started high school, he had sprouted up to 6-foot-5. Now the senior football player for Southern California's Martin Luther King High School is a tremendous 7 feet tall and weighs 440 pounds,... More »

Assistant Coach Admits Ordering Players to Hit Ref

John Jay principal: Mack Breed blamed ref's use of racial slurs

(Newser) - John Jay High School's assistant football coach has fessed up to telling two players to hit a referee from behind during a Sept. 4 game in Texas. School principal Robert Harris says Mack Breed admitted he "directed the students to make the referee pay for his racial comments... More »

Teen Says Apple Watch Saved His Life

Gadget alerted him to simultaneous heart, liver, and kidney failure

(Newser) - For many people, the Apple Watch has been a punchline since it was unveiled last year. But earlier this month, the wearable computer saved the life of a Massachusetts teen, ABC News reports. "If it wasn't for the Apple Watch to alert him to the fact that there... More »

Football Players Who Tackled Ref Claim He Used Racial Slurs

They also say a coach encouraged them to get payback on the ref

(Newser) - Two Texas high-school football players suspended for tackling a referee during a game last Friday claim the ref was using racial slurs against them, the New York Times reports. A school district spokesperson announced students' claims—which also include that their assistant coach told them to go after the ref... More »

2 HS Players Suspended for Hard Hit on Ref

'The first thing we want is that those two kids never play football again'

(Newser) - Two Texas high school football players have been suspended after one charged a ref from behind, hitting him hard, and the second tackled him while he was on the ground. "The incident is extremely disturbing," says a rep for Northside Independent School District, which includes the two players'... More »

Youth Football Could Hurt Memory Later in Life

A new study finds that those who started playing before age 12 perform worse

(Newser) - It's no secret that football and concussions go hand in hand; studies looking at the brains of deceased and retired NFL players have found a high prevalence of neuro trauma and cognitive deficits. But new research out this week in the journal Neurology calls into question whether kids should... More »

Bobcat Found Hanged Before Football Game

Home of the Wildcats slams 'despicable' prank

(Newser) - There is a long history of rivalry between Coffee County Central and Tullahoma High School in central Tennessee—pranks in years past have included a toilet placed in the middle of a football field—but authorities say things have gone way too far. A dead bobcat was found hanged from... More »

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