Lewisville Lions running back Brian Colvin collapsed and died Friday night after playing in the Chester County Football Jamboree, officials said.
Colvin, 18, showed "seizure-like" symptoms on the field, said Chester County Chief Deputy Coroner Tommy Williams, and was taken to Chester Regional Medical Center. He was pronounced dead at the hospital at 7:46 p.m.
Lewisville played Westminster Catawba Christian School during Friday night's pre-season jamboree at Chester High School.
"Dr. (James) Knox, our principal, met with Brian's family at the hospital," said Rusty Pemberton, Lewisville High School's athletic director. "As word spread, people started gathering at our school. The crowd got bigger and bigger."
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Knox could not be reached for comment Friday night.
It was the Chester County school's second tragedy in less than a week. Last Saturday evening, Catherine Elizabeth Fowler of Richburg, a softball player and varsity cheerleader, was killed in a two-car collision near Great Falls.
Colvin was a 5-foot-9, 165-pound running back/defensive back. He also competed on the Lions' track team, finishing second last season in the Class A 100-meter sprint state championship.
Former Lewisville football coach Floyd Drum described Colvin as "a real good kid."
"During the summer we did some computer work to up his grades," said Drum, who left the school after the 2008 season. "He was a great kid; a quality kid. I can honestly say I never heard an ugly word from him."
Colvin had tremendopus speed and was "the type of guy that was disappointed in himself if he didn't score every time he touched the ball," Drum said. "He felt he could outrun everyone.
"He knew the Lord. That was so good. I'm sure he is with the Lord tonight."
On Friday night, Lewisville was leading Westminister Catawba 7-0 as the first period ended. Colvin had gone out of bounds on a play.
"He was walking towards the field and suddenly fell face first," game official Tommy Woodard said.
"Then he appeared to be having something like a seizure."
Woodard immediately called for medical attention.
Both teams huddled near their sidelines while Colvin was being treated. He was then put on a stretcher and placed in an ambulance.
Angie Conner, mother of Lions player Luke Conner, said a lot of parents, a pastor and guidance counselors gathered at the hospital. "The football players started calling their parents on the way back to the school," she said.
"Everybody was in shock."
In an interview earlier this month with The Herald, Colvin said he had high hopes for his senior season. He and his teammates were unhappy with last year's 4-7 record.
"We're capable of doing way better out there, and we know it," Colvin said.
"So I feel our goals of having a good record and winning a ring are within reach."