A high school football player died Monday night at a Phoenix hospital, days after he suffered a blow to the head during a game.
Keams Canyon Hopi High School football running back Charles Youvella incurred a critical head injury Saturday night during a Division V playoff game against Arizona Lutheran Academy.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Youvella caught a pass followed by what officials said appeared to be a typical football tackle. On the way down, the back of Youvella’s head hit the ground hard.
Witnesses said Youvella got right back to his feet and lined up for two more plays before collapsing on the field. He was conscious and talking when paramedics took him away, but by the time he arrived at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix he was in critical condition. He remained that way through Monday.
Late Monday night, the Arizona Interscholastic Association told 12 News Youvella had died.