Dylan Jeffries, a running back at South Harrison High School in Lost Creek, W.Va., died on Sunday after more than a week in a medically induced coma.
Jeffries, a senior, suffered a severe head injury during South Harrison's Sept. 27 game against Lincoln. He was put on a stretcher with 8:42 remaining in the fourth quarter, taken out of the stadium in an ambulance and flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown where he had emergency surgery to have a massive blood clot removed from his brain.
A post Sunday night on the Facebook page created to update the community on his recovery read: “Dylan has fought very had through this past week, but today his battle is over. He has gone to be with our Lord and Savior.” Jeffries was 17.
Lost Creek resident Mileena Beety posted this on the Facebook page, according to WVMetroNews:
“Today we ask that you not remember Dylan for this tragedy, but for the amazing person he was. Remember him as the friend that was always there. Remember him as the great athlete he was when he put on his helmet. Remember him as the comedian. Remember him as a loyal person. Remember him as a true person. Remember him as he was on earth, because none of that will change. He will always be our Dylan and he will always be with us in our hearts.”
In an interview with the Exponent-Telegram on Sept. 15, Jeffries gave this piece of advice to any youngster starting football: "I’d tell them to work hard and to the best of his ability, work as hard as he can every play, every second that he’s got and don’t waste it."
Lost Creek is located just 45 miles from Morgantown. I certainly hope the West Virginia football program will do its part to recognize Jeffries, his family and his community in the next few weeks.