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Kern County high school football player dies

BORON — A Kern County high school football player has died after injuring himself during a game.

Sophomore Vinnie Rodriguez of Boron High School suffered head trauma during a game Friday and died Tuesday night at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Riverside County.

Boron athletic director Jim Boghosian says Rodriguez fell over on the sideline after making what appeared to be a routine tackle. Boghosian says he was told Rodriguez began having seizures while he lay on the ground.

Rodriguez is the second Kern County football player to die since August.

Bakersfield Christian High School senior Patrick Allen died of a condition related to dehydration on Aug. 16 after collapsing during a preseason workout two days earlier.

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