New Jersey high school football player dies two weeks after injury during game

A New Jersey high school football player died Wednesday after he was seriously injured in a game earlier this month. 

Linden High School Sophomore Xavier McClain, 16, suffered an apparent head injury while returning a kickoff at the beginning of the second half in a game against Woodbridge High School on Sept. 9.

Following the injury, an ambulance was driven on to the field to attend to McClain. According to News 12 New Jersey, who spoke to Linden’s mayor, McClain remained in a coma for nearly two weeks at University Hospital.

“With your prayers, Xavier fought a good fight. In the end, he succumbed to the injuries that he sustained a couple weeks ago while playing football during the LHS Tigers’ game vs Woodbridge,” Linden Mayor Derek Armstead wrote on social media.

“This news hurts because I have known his parents, Lisa and Norm for years, Xavier and Andres, their two sons, since they were little boys,” Armstead wrote. “My wife and I spend time in their home and our children played together. Tragically, their worst fear came true.”

McClain rushed for 18 yards, caught a pass and made four tackles on defense. Linden won the game 31-0.

Linden is scheduled to play Perth Amboy Friday night. No announcement has been made concerning the status of that game.