From Staff Reports
For TheRecordLive

West Orange, Texas- “Words

can not express how devastated we are that a promising young man’s life

has been taken so suddenly,” said West Orange Stark head coach Dan Hooks on Saturday. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Garrett family in this most difficult time.”

Reggie Garrett Jr., quarterback for the West Orange-Stark Mustangs, was

pronounced dead at Memorial Hermann Baptist-Orange at 9:30 p.m. Friday

night, according to hospital spokeswoman Mary Poole.

The 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 as Acadian Ambulance Service personnel removed his jersey, shoulder pads and his face mask was cut from the helmet. A hush fell over the 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 spreading through the stadium and football fields across Southeast Texas. Tragically, the rumor was true.

Garrett arrived at the emergency room at 8:30 p.m. and pronounced dead an hour later. An autopsy has been ordered and the death is being investigated.

Garrett, 17, was a second-year varsity quarterback and Mustang team leader. He was an outstanding student and athlete.