Pearland football player dies after game in San Antonio

Friends gathered at Shadow Creek High School Saturday evening to say goodbye to a varsity football player who had a medical emergency during a game Friday night and later died at the hospital.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - A local high school football player died after playing in a game in San Antonio Friday evening.

Chase Lightfoot was a junior at Shadow Creek High School in Pearland. He was No. 65 on the school's varsity football team. 

According to Alvin ISD, Lightfoot suffered health-related complications during the second half of the game against St. Mary's Hall.

"He ran off the field. One of my friends, his name is Junior. He grabbed him, I guess he was breathing hard. He grabbed (Lightfoot) and he was pouring water on his neck." said Dameon Jackson, a teammate of Lightfoot. 

He received medical attention from athletic trainers and doctors on the sideline before being rushed to the hospital.

Sadly, the 11th grader passed away at the hospital around 2:30 a.m. Saturday.  

The high school's principal, Kelly Hestand, issued the following statement on Saturday:

"As educators, there is nothing we will deal with more difficult than the loss of a child. This will be a difficult week for our campus. It will also be a time for us to pull together and show support for the young man’s family as well as those closest to him. Counselors from the district’s crisis response team will be at our campus on Monday morning, and as long as they are needed to provide support to our students and staff."  

Friends gathered in prayer at the high school Saturday evening to say goodbye to Lightfoot. 

"I feel sad because I just lost somebody who I cared about. Somebody you grew up with. They're gone." said Kennedy Tennard, a classmate of Lightfoot. 

"He made everybody's day. Even when you were the maddest person in the world. You just looked at him and you just start smiling." said Sterling Seriale, another teammate. 


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