HARRELLS, N.C. (AP) _ A high school football player died Friday night after collapsing during a game.

Edgar William Johnson, 17, a junior at Harrells Academy, was pronounced dead at Sampson County Regional Medical Center sometime after 8 p.m., said hospital spokeswoman Ann Butler.

The school's headmaster, Jackie Parrish, said Johnson collapsed after making a routine tackle during Harrells' game against Wake Christian Academy.

Parrish said Johnson started to come off the field following the play, spoke briefly to coach Bron Thompson and collapsed. A doctor and medics at the game were unsuccessful in attempts to revive him.

``He was just an outstanding young man,'' Parrish said. ``He worked hard in the weight room and did everything to make himself better.''

The game was called off after Johnson collapsed near the end of the first quarter.

Harrells Academy is a private school with an enrollment of 340. The school plays eight-man football.

Coaches said Johnson, who was from Rose Hill, transferred to Harrells Academy this year after attending Wallace-Rose Hill High School the previous two years.