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Teen Dies at Alabama Football Game

October 13, 2001

REFORM, Ala. (AP) _ A 16-year-old football player collapsed Friday night and died during a game in west Alabama.

Johnny Singleton Jr., a junior lineman for Pickens County High, was pronounced dead about 9:37 p.m. at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa. He collapsed on the field during a game against Vincent.

The cause of death was not immediately determined and the case has been turned over to the state medical examiner.

Pickens County Coach John Montgomery called Singleton ``the heart of the team.″

Reform Police Chief Richard Black said it wasn’t quite halftime when Singleton came out of the game, stumbled a little bit and collapsed. Vincent athletic director Harold Garrett said the game video shows Singleton making a tackle about three plays before he collapsed.

A doctor gave Singleton cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the field.

Pickens County forfeited the game after the first half, with Vincent leading 14-6.

Singleton was the third Alabama high school football player to die in 13 months during a game.

Earlier this season, Geneva County High School football player Brandon Scott Hutcherson collapsed and died from injuries received during a kickoff in a game played at Geneva.

In September, 2000, St. Clair County player Jeremy Ragsdale collapsed on the opening kickoff in a game with Springville and died.

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