Apalachee High of­fen­sive and de­fen­sive line­man's death not football-re­lated causes

The Covington News - - SPORTS - ZAC TAY­LOR Bar­row County News

An Apalachee High ris­ing se­nior and mem­ber of the football team died un­ex­pect­edly Mon­day morn­ing.

Jor­dan Bracken-How­ley, 17, had played of­fen­sive and de­fen­sive line the last two sea­sons for the Wild­cats and had prac­ticed with the team again this sum­mer to pre­pare for a third sea­son.

Wild­cats football coach Shane Davis told the Bar­row County News that Bracken-How­ley had com­plained to his par­ents Sun­day night of a headache and be­ing nau­seous. They gave him some medicine and sent him to bed, and in the morn­ing Davis said his dad found him un­re­spon­sive.

Gwin­nett County Chief Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner, Dr. Carol Terry, per­formed an au­topsy Tues­day and de­clared that he had died from a pi­tu­itary tu­mor at the base of his brain, ac­cord­ing to Gwin­nett Chief Foren­sic In­ves­ti­ga­tor Ted Bai­ley.

“Him be­ing a football player had absolutely noth­ing to do with this,” Bai- ley said.

Davis, who hadn't spo­ken with the team Mon­day, found out about Bracken-How­ley af­ter prac­tice, but said he sus­pected the most of the team knew about it that day.

While not a starter, Davis said Bracken-How­ley had put in the ef­fort each sea­son.

“Just a good kid, a hard, hard work­ing kid – very un­selfish,” he said. “He didn’t worry about per­sonal ac­co­lades – just a hard, hard-work­ing, good kid.”

He wasn’t just a hard worker on the football field, ei­ther.

“He was a strong stu­dent aca­dem­i­cally and par­tic­i­pated in ath­let­ics here at the CHEE,” said Bar­row Schools Su­per­in­ten­dent Wanda Creel. “Jor­dan was on track to grad­u­ate this year and was chal­leng­ing him­self with sev­eral ad­vanced place­ment and hon­ors level classes.

“This is a tough time for the CHEE na­tion but as Jor­dan would work hard to over­come the ob­sta­cles in front of him, we will model that spirit and do the same. Jor­dan will be missed by stu­dents, fac­ulty, staff and the com­mu­nity.”

Apalachee High /The Cov­ing­ton News

Jor­dan Bracken-How­ley

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