Alto ISD Superintendent: Aneurysm killed high school football player

ALTO, Texas (AP) — An aneurysm is being blamed for the death of an East Texas high school football player who collapsed on the sidelines during a game.

Alto High School junior Cam’ron Matthews died Saturday after collapsing before halftime of a Friday night home game against Price-Carlisle. The rest of the game was called off.

Alto School Superintendent Kerry Birdwell tells KTRE-TV in Lufkin that the school’s athletic director was with Matthews’ family when a doctor informed them of Matthews’ diagnosis. Birdwell says the doctor told the family the aneurysm may not be football-related.

An aneurysm is a blood-filled bulge or balloon in a blood vessel wall that can rupture.

Alto High School has about 200 students. The town has about 1,200 residents and is about 130 miles north of Houston.