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School cancels season after death of player, 16

WESTFIELD — A western New York school district has canceled the remainder of its varsity football season in the aftermath of a player’s death from injuries suffered during a game.

The Observer of Dunkirk reports that the Westfield Board of Education on Monday approved cancelling the Westfield-Brocton team’s remaining games because of the death earlier this month of 16-year-old Damon James.

The junior running back from Brocton lost consciousness after a helmet-to-helmet hit during a game Sept. 13. He died three days later at a Buffalo hospital.

Westfield school Superintendent David Davison recommended canceling the rest of the season after speaking with players who said they didn’t want to continue playing this year.

Westfield and Brocton, neighboring school districts in rural Chautauqua County, have a combined football program.