Mansfield News-Mirror

Coach: Mansfield High student killed in ‘an accident’ after football game

Police are investigating the death of a 15-year-old Mansfield High football player Friday.

John Moran was pronounced dead at 1:25 a.m. at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s website. The cause and manner of Moran’s death are pending.

Police are investigating the incident as an unexplained death and will release more information once the medical examiner’s office has results from toxicology tests, said Sgt. William Yale, a Mansfield police spokesman. Those test results could take as long as six weeks to be confirmed, Yale said.

Several news outlets had reported that Moran was injured while sparring with a friend on Thursday, but police could not confirm.

In an interview with NBC 5, football coach Daniel Maberry said that Moran played in Thursday night’s junior varsity football game and was not injured.

“It was something that happened, an accident, after the game,” Maberry told NBC 5. “I don’t know all the details of the whole situation. I know it was an accident.”

“Our Tiger football family lost a precious player John Mark Moran last night in a tragic accident,” a message posted on the Mansfield High School football Facebook page said. “Please keep his family, friends, teammates and coaches in your prayers.”

The varsity team played Friday night in an emotional game against Paschal High School, where they won 62-3.

Mitch Mitchell: 817-390-7752, @mitchmitchel3