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Arizona high school player dies of head injury

PHOENIX (AP) — A Hopi High School football player has died from a head injury sustained in a playoff game over the weekend.

The Arizona Interscholastic Association said Monday night that Charles Youvella died at a hospital of a traumatic brain injury.

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Youvella, a senior, was injured in Hopi's 60-6 loss to Arizona Lutheran Saturday in the Arizona Division V first round playoffs. Youvella scored Hopi's only touchdown in the game on a 65-yard touchdown reception. Hopi High School is in Kearns Canyon, Ariz., on the Hopi Indian Reservation in northeastern Arizona.

Youvella's father, Wallace, is a member of the Arizona Interscholastic Association. The AIA said Charles Youvella died with his family by his side.

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The AIA said an account would be established to help defray costs for the Youvella family.

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