A New Jersey football player died Wednesday after being seriously injured during a game earlier this month.
Linden high schooler Xavier McClain, 16, suffered an apparent head injury while returning a kickoff early in the second half in a game against Woodbridge High School on Sept. 9.
Following the injury, an ambulance was driven to the field to attend to McClain.
“With your prayers, Xavier put up a good fight. Ultimately he succumbed to injuries he sustained a few weeks ago while playing football in the LHS Tigers game against Woodbridge,” the mayor wrote. of Linden, Derek Armstead, 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 at their house and our children play together. Tragically, their worst fear has come true.
McClain rushed for 18 yards, caught a pass and made four tackles on defense. Linden won the game 31-0.
Linden is due to play Perth Amboy on Friday night. No announcement has been made regarding the status of this game.