Colton Durbin, a senior and defensive back at Temperance Bedford High School, died Thursday from injuries he suffered in an automobile accident on Wednesday morning.
Durbin, 17, also participated in basketball and baseball when he was a freshman and a sophomore.
Durbin was driving a Chrysler 300 when the car slammed into a garbage truck parked on Samaria Road in Bedford Township, located just north of the Ohio border.
Durbin was flown by helicopter to St. Vincent Hospital in Toledo.
Bedford football coach Jeff Wood said it was evident on Wednesday that Durbin had incurred serious internal injuries.
"He needed a lot of things to go right," Wood said. "He had a couple of holes in his heart and his lungs. The CT scan they took (on Thursday) didn't show much brain activity.
Wood said Durbin showed great improvement on the football team the last two years.
"Colton was on varsity last season, too, and he just got better and better, Wood said. We knew he'd be one of our top defensive backs. He was our most physical player in the secondary."
Wood said the team grieved together Wednesday at the hospital and again Thursday morning at school. At noon Wood met with the team again to tell them Durbin had died.
"A couple of them said they have no more tears left to cry," Wood said.
All athletic events scheduled for Thursday involving Bedford High School have been cancelled. The junior varsity football game will be held prior to the varsity game Friday at Monroe Jefferson; it will begin at 7 p.m.
Bedford is 8-0 and ranked No. 9 in the state in the latest Detroit News poll.