Reggie Garrett, the senior quarterback for West Orange-Stark High School in Orange, Texas, collapsed on the sideline during a game Friday night and later died at a local hospital, Garrett was pronounced dead at 9:30 p.m CT, according to reports.
The West Orange-Mustang quarterback collapsed on the sideline in the first half against the Jasper Bulldogs at Dan Hooks Stadium. He had just thrown his second touchdown pass of the game giving the Mustangs a 21-0 lead. People on the sideline said that he appeared to have had a seizure.
Garrett lay motionless on the sideline as Acadian Ambulance Service personnel removed his jersey, shoulder pads and his face mask was cut from the helmet. A hush fell over Dan Hooks Stadium as Mustang teammates took a knee and Garrett was removed from the field.
The game resumed to a 27-6 victory but before the conclusion what was hoped to be just a rumor of Garrett’s death was being talked about in the stadium and football fields across Southeast Texas.
The “rumor” was in fact true.