LOST CREEK, W.Va. — South Harrison High School football player Dylan Jeffries died Sunday, nine days after suffering a severe head injury during a football game.

The news of his passing was posted Sunday night on the Facebook page created to update friends and community members about his condition.

“Dylan has fought very had through this past week, but today his battle is over. He has gone to be with our Lord and Savior.” was the post added to announce his death.

The popular kid in the No. 22 Hawks jersey was rushed via Health Net to Ruby Memorial Hospital Sept. 27 from the football game between South Harrison and Lincoln high schools. He suffered a blood clot to the brain which caused him to collapse. For the past several days he had been in a medically induced coma.

Dylan’s injury brought the community together and had gathered followers and prayers from far and wide. Mileena Beatty posted the updates on the Facebook page.

“Today we ask that you not remember Dylan for this tragedy, but for the amazing person he was. Remember him as the friend that was always there. Remember him as the great athlete he was when he put on his helmet. Remember him as the comedian. Remember him as a loyal person. Remember him as a true person. Remember him as he was on earth, because none of that will change. He will always be our Dylan and he will always be with us in our hearts.”

She added a note for the players involved in the game,

“To the Lincoln football team; Dylan knew many of you and was very excited about this game. Please do not blame yourselves if you tackled him or came in any contact with him throughout the game. He would have done the same to you if you were carrying the ball. The Lord planned all of this, though we do not know why, we just have to accept that the Lord’s plans are greater than our wisdom.”

Funeral arrangements are expected to be announced at a later time.

Beatty concluded the Facebook post with this note.

“Rest peacefully, our sweet Dylan. May you be forever pain free and at bliss with our Lord while you watch over everyone that you loved and cared for. ….. Always Loved and Never Forgotten.”

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  • justin8101

    I think it sad that this has turned away from the original intent. While I agree that plug was inappropriate we need to turn our attention to those who are grieving for the loss of a friend, son, and teammate.

    I remember losing a friend of mine who I played football with. No matter where I am at when I see the #33 jersey the memories come flooding back and we wonder what might have been had that person not died so young. We have to come to grips with the fact that we are never completely safe but to live life we cannot stay on the porch. Rest in peace #33 Aaron Branch and rest in peace #22 Dylan Jefferies. God bless your parents for raising a fine young man.

  • Get real

    And you would pray for this young man, where was God on Septembr 27? Your statement is a cheap publicity stunt.

  • Robert

    A local TV station on Friday nites always have a "hit of the night" and showed another play or players really leveling a ball ccrrier..I sent them a note saying I did not think that was so smart..especially one of these nites when a player gets seriously hurt..no matter what kind of a tackle it was...the reward trophy will not mean much.

  • theresa rose

    my son has also played against this young man we are from Braxton county and I know they all was also heartbroken have read it on their post ..this is a very sad thing all these boys get along great they love meeting altheles from other surrounding counties so I know from all of the team here our hearts was broken to hear of this young mans passing ...our thought and prays goes out to South Harrison and Dylans family ....

  • Eric

    My prayers and thoughts go out to the Jefferies family. I can not imagine the pain and grief you are going through. I know that the grace and mercy of our lord and saviour Jesus Christ will be with you in this time of need. My prayers and thoughts go out to the South Harrison High School and the Community. I have family who are actively involved in the South Harrison High School Community and I know how tight knit of a community it is. Find strength not only in God and the words of comfort in the Bible he leaves but also in each other. Take comfort in knowing that Dylan is up in heaven right now playing the game that he loves with the greatest football players of all time. My Heart My soul and my mind are with you in this time of need. May God be with you through this time and know that I as well as hundreds of football fans all over this great state are thinking of you through this tough time. For the others who want to try to start arguments and team up on the doctor, May God have mercy on you. The doctor was trying to help by educating you. I think that the book plug was a little too much, but it is not worth getting on here trying to start an argument over when you lose complete sight of what happened. I am a fan of the great game of football but we should not ban this game. This kind of thing could happen at any game Baseball is getting to be this way as well. There needs to be research done to help athletes to stay safe but not at the expenxe of doing away with the games that kids love and dream about playing. That is what dylan was doing playing the game that he loved. Take solice in the fact that dylan was doing what he loved and he died doing the thing that made him happy. God Bless the family of Dylan and God Bless SHHS and the West Union Community

  • al

    Learn to read.

  • Coach McClintic and football team

    Our prayers and thoughts are with the family and teammates of Dylan Jefferies.

  • Annette

    My heart has been breaking for this family and having my a senior playing his last year in football makes it more understandable as to how much these boys love the game. My prayers of peace go out to you.

  • Michael

    Metro News PLEASE remove this post from Dr. Kelly Roush. For a doctor, she has no bedside manners. God bless the family, friends and community at this most difficult time.

  • Tupac

    Prayers to the family, this is terrible

  • Harpers Ferry

    May God have mercy on your soul for being unable to spell and unable to use proper grammar.

  • Smalltime

    Thoughts and prayers to the young man and his family. As an athletic trainer I have dealt with the loss of an athlete. To his friends, deal with the grief appropriately! Celebrate the fact he was who he was, and smile because he would want you too.

    Also, hey look! Another doctor with an ego... IF you were trying to educate the unwashed masses you would have just given them the signs and symptoms. However, you plugged the book. Own it.

  • i think tje people that are making such a big deal about the dr trying to help. your putting nasty comments and striking out. when you are supposed tobei paying your respectand sympathy to this family. what is wrong with you. may God bless this family.


  • Tara O'Leary

    Congratulations, Roush. Your self-promotion sinks far below "shameless". I think you hit "repulsive".

  • Kristain

    God has blessed Dylan. Took him out of all the pain and misery. Though death is sad and tearful to us here on earth. The spirutual world its a new begining, a new life.

  • t.r.

    prayers going out to Dylan's family and friends

  • Teri

    Rest in peace beautiful child of God !

  • south harrison Hawk mom

    Thank you Tyler Consolidated for keeping the Jeffries family in your thoughts and prayers, along with the South Harrison community. This family is going through something no parent should ever have to face, and with support from our neighboring towns, it is helpful In surrounding the family and students in continued love, prayers, and support. Thank you for thinking of the Jeffries family. they need all the support they can get! Prayers to all.

  • Daniel Williams

    My deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Dylan, may God bless them.

  • lori taylor

    if we would have had more people like her my son would not have had brain surgery and then could not ever play head contact sports the rest of his life when someone with experience speaks maybe you could help save a live of a friend of dylans I am sure his family will try to help make sure this does not happen again our prays are with his family

  • Davy

    Tyler Consolidated HS raised close to $600 in donations for the Jeffries boy last Friday at our game. South Harrison comes to our facility on the 18th. That being said, who knew this tragedy would occur? No one. These things happen. The Hawks will be welcomed and we will be gracious, as we try to be with everyone.

  • south harrison Hawk mom

    My kids went to school with Dylan, and I think it is ridiculous instead of posting a simple condolences to his family, friends, classmates, community, and school......you all are bickering over the "interpretation" of Dr. Roush's post. Really? Shame on all of you for being so insensitive and disrespectful to what the article was about to start with! Disgraceful that any of you posted and started such an argument. You obviously very quickly forgot about the intent of the Article, and became obsessed on attacking the doctor. Who cares what her intent was or was not...........remember the grieving family and community in all this... Dylans Family, Richard, Tammy, Shayne, Cassandra, and his school South Harrison high school and the Lost Creek and West Milford communities are grieving. A young man was taken far too soon.........you people need to learn respect!

  • Shannon in TN

    Our thoughts & prayers will continue to be with all who knew this young man. May God give you all comfort & strength during this time.

  • Sharyn Tallman PCHS

    So very sorry for the loss of this young man. As parents of football players this is our greatest fear. Collectively each student, coach and parent of Parkersburg Catholic High School will continue to pray for The Jeffries family and ask God to send peace to all who share in this tragic loss.

  • MHS183

    thoughts and prayers are with the family and their community.

  • Van high school football

    We would like to send our condolences to dylan and his family also his teammates and friends may god be with u all!!

  • Joke.

    Go away. Whatever your original intent , you sadly missed.

    Now show the concern you are trying do pitifully to say you have and leave. Just. Leave

  • Encouraged

    As I sit here in self pity over my trivial problems, your faith reminds me how little I have.

  • WV Hillbilly in Tennessee

    RIP young man. May the love and grace of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, cover your family, teammates, and classmates. May peace and understanding enter your hearts. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

  • Dr. Kelly Roush

    If you knew anything about me, you wouldnt be posting such nasty comments. I have spent thousands of dollars of my own money trying to promote safety in athetics, I have taught over 40 concussion conferences at NO CHARGE , in addition to just as many coaches clinics, have met with several school boards to discuss implementation of emergency action plans often having to take time away from work and time away from my family and paid for my own travel when I tesitifed on these concussion bills. I didnt write this book to make money. I wrote the book to educate others on prevention and I wrote it to possibly prevent this from ever happening to another family. I apologize for mentioning the book . It was not meant as a sales pitch or a publicity stunt. When I heard of this child's injury, I was devestated that this information hadnt reached enough people. I dedicate EVERY day to trying to make a difference and trying to save a life. I relaize that not every injury can be prevented but I thought maybe the preventative measures could make a difference in the lives of another child. The focus should be on the family of Dylan and we need to pull together as a community to support this family and this school in their time of need.

  • john

    Pocahontas County would like to send their sincere condolences to the family of this young man. It is a shame, but the Lord has a reason for all things that happen, its just that it is difficult for us to understand. May Dylan rest in eternal peace in the presence of God.

  • leroy jethro gibbs

    god bless the jeffries family and loved ones

  • sandy hoskins

    Thoughts and prayers to the family and to the football team bless you all.

  • john

    Pocahontas County would like to send their sincere condolences to the family and friends of this young man. Its such a shame that this type thing happens, but the Lord has a reason and purpose for all happenings. Its just hard for us to understand.

  • Rob

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all touched by this special man. May God bless you all. RIP #22.

  • JTC

    May you find comfort in that great playground in heaven, nothing breaks my heart more than a child passing doing something they loved. Hang strong South Harrison High School!

  • Shadow

    I respect your wife's attention to a very serious problem that we are just starting to deal with. You only make progress on an issue by making more people aware of the problem, writing a book being one way to get their attention. It is sad that this young man's death is another way to bring it out as a problem that must be worked on.

  • jmr012

    realist, please learn to read and stop being so sickeningly arrogant, ignorant, and inappropriate. Okay? You are *completely* out of line.

  • jmr012

    Harpers Ferry, people like you who cannot comprehend what they read represent both a tragedy and a shame.

  • jmr012

    RedGal, the doctor did not use this venue to promote her book. She mentioned her book to establish her credentials. Please work on your reading comprehension skills.

  • jmr012

    Yes, cnbwv, your comments have most definitely been shameful.

  • jmr012

    oWhViUo, your comment is disgusting. Show at least a modicum of class and apologize to the good doctor AND to other readers for our having to read your vile, baseless, and inappropriate comment. The doctor did *nothing* wrong.

  • jmr012

    Class yourself up and stop embarrassing the State of West Virginia any further than you have, cnbwv. The doctor did NOTHING wrong and her post was ENTIRELY appropriate.

  • jmr012

    Larry, Maybe football *should* be banned. I love football too, but maybe we might just have to find other ways in which to spend our time. If it saves lives, so be it.

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  • Tyler

    Us here in the Clay Battelle Community are deeply sadden by the loss of a young adult. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dylan's family, friends, teammates, and the community of South Harrison High School.

  • jmr012

    Harpers Ferry,

    Pipe down! The doctor was just letting us know why and how she is knowledgeable of such terrible injuries and wanted to pay her condolences and promote a good cause to further research.

    Dr. Roush,

    I apologize for those who have posted obnoxious comments full of accusations and ignorance. They can't help themselves. It's the only kind of thing that they know how to do.

    West Virginia and our nation desperately need more physicians such as yourself who study traumatic head, neck, and brain injuries and advocate for greater funding and research regarding the subject. On behalf of all West Virginians, thank you for your continued efforts.


  • Bill

    I am amazed how Dr. Roush who is only trying to get information out about head injuries can be kicked around so badly. I only hope that no loved one of the negative posters ever has a head injury which may have been detected early had someone read her book. Her information could prevent a more serious injury or save a life. Unbelievable!

  • Greg

    I believe the Dr was using her credentials to show that she is qualified to speak on the subject. A cheap book plug would normally come with a price, and where to purchase it. She allowed those interested to preview it. This is proof that too many people will find SOMETHING to whine about and spew pure HATE. Please dismount your high horse. Thank you for your continued work Dr., and thoughts and prayers to Dylans friends and family , may they feel the comfort of Gods presence.

  • cnbwv


    MetroNews needs to edit these comments ASAP.

  • cnbwv

    If the good doctor's only intent was to educate, she wouldn't have posted her resume or mention her book. Prayers for this young man and his family.

    Shame on you for your cheap publicity stunt.

  • pam

    Larry I agree with you this is sad, some people don't take time time to read thing clearly and I think that has happened here, so some of you with comments about Dr. Roush trying to plug or advertise his book you should reread his comment. thank you Dr. for doing what you can to keep our players safe. My heart aches for Dylans family.

  • Jeff

    What is tragic is people focusing on all of the wrong things in this tragedy

  • Craig

    Prayers for the family and the SHHS community.And many thanks to Dr Roush for doing his best to keep the game we all love as safe as possible. Sounds to me like he has found his lifes work and if im not mistaken i'd say he's a fan of the game asworking to educate

  • Andrea wilson

    God bless you. It is obvious that you only have pure, good intentions. Keep up the good work.

  • al

    Speaking as the husband of Dr. Roush, let me educate Harpers Ferry, Redgal, and owhvivo. My wife, in no way has profited off the sale of her book and has no interest in doing so. She spends countless hours, week after week, and every year since the death of the young man she witnessed and assisted with at a high school game. She is on the sidelines, as the team doctor, for every single home and away game of our local high school (Point Pleasant High School) watching over every single life of every player on that football field. She feels and treats every one of those kids like they were her very own. She has taught and teaches conferences in WV, Ohio, and many other states. She has testified before the Ohio Senate and House on the issues related to head injury. She gives this time so that she may save the life of a football player in the future - maybe one of your kids. It might do you well to shut your mouth and listen.

  • Panthers

    I just want to say that this is a time to be together and pray for this family .. Not the time about posting negative comments .

  • Pt Pleasant Resident

    Kelly lives in WV, and is the team physician for Point Pleasant's football team. She runs a sports clinic with Holzer Clinic in Gallipolis, OH, just across the river from Point Pleasant. She is an expert in the field of head trauma in sports and is trying to help educate others about this field.

  • Dr. Kelly Roush

    I was sick when I heard of this tragedy and I am praying for this young mans family and friends. I have witnessed the pain from dealing with a similar situation and was only trying to help.

  • Uncle

    Dylan was a great kid, always had a smile on his face and could light up a room with his presence. Please continue to pray for the Jeffries family.

  • Dr. Kelly Roush

    I was not plugging my book and I live in WV! The only reason I wrote this book is to make others aware of how serious head trauma can be and to give tips on how to possibly prevent this from happening to another child. It also might help to read the other stories of kids just like this one to help the people in this community get through the grief . I was at a game when a football player collapsed after the game from a head injury and I provided the emergency procedures for the athlete and was able to regain vitals but Two days later he was taken off of life support . The main blood vessel inhis brian had ruptured. It was a horrible ordeal and I helped a school where I did not know the coaches, players etc get counseling, etc and then volunteered my time as their team physician for 16 years after that because they didnt have anyone looking after them. It took me a long time to get over it and that is why I now do everything possible to prevent such tragedies as these and by the way I use proceeds from the book to purchase mouthguards and protective equipent for youth programs and toward cpac funds to support legislation for prevention of traumatic brain injury.

  • Andrea wilson

    RIP so sad, praying for this young mans family and friends.

  • John C

    I honestly dont think that the Dr. Was trying to promote a book over this issue. The whole reason for this site is to send sympathy to the family , come on people have some respect for there loss. Im sure to start with a Dr. doesnt need to promote a book to start with ! What a terrible tragidy, and a horrible event for all involved.


    It is odd that on the night of this accident,was 20 years that Ritchie Co.lost chuck schofield to the same injury.It's ironic that on this night we had a ceromony to remember chuck.god bless all families involved.

  • Becky

    I'm sorry the daddy coaches aren't educated enough to teach the kids to play a loved sport safely. Pray for your broken hearts during a time every parent hopes never comes.

  • Rich

    Prayers for Dylan's family.

  • Diane

    Heavy hearts from Pendleton County. Deepest sympathy to family, friends, teammates, teachers. RIP young man. I hope you are still playing football out there.

  • WVMom

    I could not have said it better myself. My son plays football and if there is something that I can do to help him be safer then I want to do that. My deepest sympathy goes out to Dylan's family and friends.

  • Kenny Wright

    We suffered the same thing at Ritchie County High School in 1993. My prayers are with the parents, family, coaches and friends. I was the coach at RCHS in 93 and there is nothing worse. You can be assured that all citizens of Ritchie County have all of you in our thoughts and prayers. It is something we can't explain and something we can not answer why it happened. God will carry you through this terrible happening.

  • rose

    Prayers to the family, friends and community. It is always so tragic when a young person dies.

  • junior

    I understand that Dr Rush is only trying to get the message out and help educate people. Head injuries are getting quite too common in this sport. I commend Dr Rush for dedicating his life in trying to prevent tradgedies like this one. My heart and prayers go out to the family and friends of this young man. God forbids anything like this ever happens again, Dr Rush please don't promote your book during a heart breaking time. God bless, Dylan Jeffries.

  • Larry

    I'm with you on this one. This tragedy may also give more credence to those who say football should be banned.

  • oWhViUo

    i honestly believe if you look up the word "scumbag" in the dictionary you would find this post and its author. I'm quite positive there are a few people here who would like to help you test your theories after reading your "book plug" on a memorial post. My deepest sympathies to the family of this young man and his friends who no doubt are questioning why.

  • Bill

    I read this post differently than Harpers Ferry and Realist. I see the Doctor as trying to educate us about the signs and symptoms after an accident that could indicate a serious traumatic brain injury while there is time to help the player or person. I have a grandson playing football, he loves the game. I for one want anything to help make it safer for him and all players to be known. I do not feel Dr. Roush has in any way tried to sell a book; however, you are given a chance to review the book. Who knows it might just help save someone's son or daughter! Football is not the only sport that one's head could contact someone else's head or object. It might even help you save someone you love after an accident at home or in a car. Our sympathy and compassion should be for the family and friends of the player who passed.

  • NicholasCo. football fans

    Thoughts and prayers to Dylan's family, teammates, and friends.

  • Murry

    Prayers for this family. God bless you.

  • Greenbrier West High School

    Thoughts and Prayers to the family, friends, and fellow football players. May you Rest In Peace Dylan!!

  • RedGal

    Pretty tasteless to use this as a venue to promote your book. A simple condolence message would have sufficed.

  • lee arthur

    R.I.P. young man.

  • Harpers Ferry

    The fact that you practice in Cleveland and NOT in WV further proves that you just using this tragedy to further your own agenda. You are worse than an ambulance chasing lawyer.

  • realist

    Dr. Roush

    Do you really think this is the place to try and sell your book? His injury was not caused by second impact syndrome and even if it was you are being horribly selfish by trying to profit from tragedy. I have never seen anything more inconsiderate

  • Harpers Ferry

    Wow! How thoughtful of you to plug your own work and advertise yourself during this time. There are many words I would use to describe you, but I don't think this website would let me post them.

  • Art in Ohio

    This also breaks my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. This hurts to have this happen to such a fine young man and family.

  • TuckerMtLions

    My heart is breaking this morning as I heard of Dylan's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of Dylan's family and friends! RIP #22!!

  • Hillbilly

    Prayers and condolences to the family.

  • From the Palmetto State

    Words cannot express the sadness we all feel at the loss of such a young student and athlete. A boy who was doing what he truely loved playing sports with his brothers. From a former WV native (onest a Mountaineer, Alway an Mountainer), may the good Lord hug the Jeffries family especially close during these very difficult times.

  • Whodat

    Many prayers for strength and comfort. God will provide. It is apparent that Dylan has left a positive legacy, both at SHHS as well as the community.

    There will be another day in which God's children are all reunited.

  • Cathy

    Thoughts and prayers are with this family and friends of this amazing young man, RIP Dylan.

  • Mark

    From the Eastern Panhandle....Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family, the family of players and students and to your community for your great loss.

  • Dale

    God Bless Dylan and his family, loved ones, and many friends.

  • Michael

    Just unthinkable. I hope everyone can find comfort this morning. This is just not supposed to happen to a young man or lady. Prayers go out to his family, his team, his school and everyone nationwide that loves the sport Dylan loved.

  • Dr. Kelly Roush

    I am so saddened by the news of this tragic death. I wrote a book "Sports concussion and neck Trauma: Preventing Injury for Future generations" dedicated to a young 17 yr old football player that died of secod impact syndrome. I speak nationally on this topic and have fought diligently to prevent this type of injury by trying to educate as many people as possible on the symptoms to watch for, equipment fitting, preventivie techniques, blocking/tackling technique, etc. I have provided testimony on legislative laws and concussion bills to Congress and Senate. You may review the book at kellyroush.com
    We are praying for this family. I will continue to try to prevent this type of injury and I urge all of you to get educated on concussion and traumatic brain injury and signs and symptoms to look for.

  • Bruiser

    May God comfort all in this terrible tragedy. The kind words that have been written show that this young man will be living in many peoples heart. My deepest sympathies.

  • Curly Joe

    Too sad for words. Prayers and sympathy to the family of this blessed young man, forever young.

  • Cory Boothe

    Prayers with the family, team, and community.

  • Chris

    So so sad may god look over this entire family and community in this very difficult time .

  • Rob T.

    And here we are complaining about the WVU program. Things are not as bad as they may seem! Pray for this family and community. Take all the anger about Saturday night and turn it into compassion for these people. Rest in peace my brother.