Brocton teenage football player in intensive care

OBSERVER Staff Report

The Brocton and Westfield community gathered Saturday night for prayers and counseling at Brocton Central School for Brocton student Damon Janes.

The junior running back was injured during Friday night’s high school Class D high school football game against Portville.

Janes took a helmet-to-helmet hit during the third quarter of Friday night’s game and was carted off the field. The game was called after the hit and Janes was sent Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

As of Saturday night, Janes was still in the Intensive Care Unit.

In an interview with YNN-Buffalo, Ashley Wakeley, Janes’ aunt, said it was a difficult time for the family.

“Everybody is trying to hold it together and say their last goodbyes,” she said. “It’s not what we want to do but he was a very good, very happy kid. Always made us laugh.”

Brocton School Superintendent John Hertlein was at the school Saturday night but due to the nature of the situation declined to be interviewed.

Meantime, the superintendent of Portville Central schools issued a statement Saturday saying: “We at Portville Central School extend our support and prayers to the injured student’s family and the school communities of Westfield and Brocton.”

A Facebook post stated, “The family has asked that NO ONE BUT THE VERY IMMEDIATE FAMILY come to the hospital. They are so touched and grateful for the amazing support everyone is showing them and Damon and they thank you from the bottom of their hearts. Unfortunately it is also very overwhelming at this point.” grateful for the amazing support everyone is showing them and Damon and they thank you from the bottom of their hearts. Unfortunately it is also very overwhelming at this point.”

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