Ohio high school football player dies from injury sustained during game

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A high school football player in Euclid, Ohio has died after injuries he sustained during Friday night\'s game.

Andre Jackson, a 17-year-old junior linebacker and fullback, was taken to the hospital following the game and passed away two days later. While details on the situation are scarce, the school district released a statement on Sunday confirming Jackson\'s passing.

“Today, Euclid High School junior Andre L. Jackson passed away following an injury sustained during Friday night\'s football game. Andre was a hardworking student-athlete that brought smiles to all those with whom he came in contact. The Euclid City School District would like to extend its deepest sympathy to the Jackson family during this horrific time.”

Investigators are still working to determine Jackson\'s cause of death.

Euclid head football coach Jeff Rotsky told WEWS-TV in Cleveland that Jackson suffered the injury on a “completely normal” special teams play.

“It was a pooch kick,” Rotsky said. “He was going for the ball, and their guys were going for the ball, and I think he got kicked or kneed.”

The school district said Jackson walked off the field after the play, went to the hospital and was later released.