Three North Carolina high school football players have died this football season. The latest casualty happened Friday in the Hoggard vs. Greenville Rose game. Greenville Rose running back, Jaquan Waller, received a hard hit in the second quarter. He died Saturday Morning. For the Hoggard High School football players, Tuesday’s practice seemed like any other normal practice. In many ways it was, but there were still emotional scars being carried over from Friday's Hoggard vs. Greenville Rose game. Hoggard’s head coach, Scott Braswell said, "The thing I've tried to convey to our guys is we did not do anything wrong. There was not a cheap shot. It was just a situation where a young man came to the field with a pre-existing condition. Our guys were playing football and it was just one of those things that happened." Jaquan Waller had complained of a migraine headache for a few weeks. According to Hoggard Coach Scott Braswell, there are precautionary steps a school can take. "We're blessed to have one of the best training staffs in the state of North Carolina with Josh Canipe does an outstanding job. Secondly, we also try to inspect our equipment. We try to buy quality equipment from Revolution helmets to Douglas shoulder pads to make sure our kids are properly equipped," said Braswell. High school football teams all across the state are aware of the latest tragedy. In Shallotte, head coach Jimmy Fletcher said everything injury related must go through the West Brunswick trainer. "She tells me ‘coach they can't go’. I'm not going to interfere with that at all. That's her call. I told her that when I hired her. She's an expert at that. That's what we do. Of course if she doesn't feel good she'll call in a doctor and those guys will make those decisions,” said Fletcher. Coach Braswell added, "Our hearts go out with the deepest sympathy to the family for the Rose team and the family. I understand he's a special young man and it's a tragedy." Jaquan Waller apparently sustained a concussion in last Wednesday's practice, and it may not have been his first. He was not examined by a physician between the time of that injury and Friday’s game, but there were two doctors on the sideline when he collapsed during the game.
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