Grief counselors are expected at Garden Grove High School Monday following the still-unexplained death of a football player, Kevin Telles, who collapsed and died during a game against Westminster High on Friday night.
With less than 2 minutes left in the game Telles collapsed, experienced convulsions, then became motionless.
"It wasn't a collision; it wasn't a hit," coach Joe Hay told the Orange County Register. "He just collapsed. He was gasping for air."
After Kevin collapsed, officials called the game, with Garden Grove winning 9-0. Telles, who lived in Santa Ana, was pronounced dead at Huntington Beach Hospital after efforts to revive him failed.
"Anything you would ask out of a kid from a coach, he did all those things," Hay said. "He was just the heart and soul of this program"
An autopsy on Saturday failed to determine what killed the 6- foot, 206-pound fullback. Toxicology test results are pending.
A funeral services was held for Telles Sunday night at St. Columban Catholic Church at 10801 Standford Avenue in Garden Grove, where he was remembered as the heart and soul of the Garden Grove football team.
Published at 9:00 AM PDT on Sep 14, 2009