JV Football Player Dies after Collapsing During Game

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MANSFIELD, Texas — A 15-year-old junior varsity football player collapsed during a game and died.

Dozie Njeako, a sophomore at Mansfield Summit High School, fell to the ground Thursday night while heading back to the sideline after a play, said Richie Escovedo, a school district spokesman.

Athletic trainers from Summit and their opponent, South Grand Prairie, tried to revive him by administering CPR and using an automated external defibrillator, Escovedo said. Njeako, a 6-foot-2 defensive end, died after being transported to Methodist Mansfield Medical Center.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office has not determined a cause of death.

Njeako also played freshman basketball last year. His older brother plays on the varsity football team, and his younger brother plays on the freshman team.

Summit and South Grand Prairie officials were meeting Friday morning to determine whether Friday night's varsity game would be played.