High School Football Team Plays On After Coach's Death

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DALLAS (AP) - The funeral is set for tomorrow for a South Dallas high school football coach who died Monday after collapsing in a classroom full of students.

Tonight, the football team will play their first-round playoff game in honor of 51-year-old Jack Schuler, an economics teacher and defensive line coach at Kimball High.

Schuler's death left the team reeling, and some initially wondered whether they should play on so soon after losing a father figure and friend.

Head coach Darrell Jordan said, "We just lost one of our family members. Coach was a part of our family."

Several of the Knights, including defensive standouts Chris Gipson and Bennie Wright, were in Schuler's classroom when their coach went down. Schuler had smiled, cracked a joke related to the economics lesson at hand and then fell, gasping for air.

He likely died of a heart attack.