A Marshall High School football player was killed early Wednesday during a car wreck, Marshall ISD officials said.
“Marshall ISD and the Maverick Family are devastated this morning with the loss of Marshall High School senior Hayden Blalock, who was killed this morning in an automobile accident,” the district posted on its Facebook page early Wednesday.
Blalock was the son of Craig and Danielle Blalock and sibling of Payton and Emily Blalock, the post said. Blalock was also a member of Marshall FFA.
”Please join us as a community as we wrap our arms around Hayden’s family, friends and loved ones during this extremely difficult time,” the district said.
Grief counselors and members of the Marshall Ministerial Alliance are on campus at Marshall High School today to meet with students and staff in the library. Counselors will also be available at DAEP and Marshall Early Graduation School, the district said.
“Hayden was a high energy kid that would do anything you asked him to do to the best of his ability,” Marshall High School Head Football Coach Jake Griedl said Wednesday. “He brought an energy to the locker room that will be tough to replace. He will be greatly missed.”
According to Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Trooper Jean Dark, the one vehicle wreck happened about 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday on FM 1997 near CR 4008, about five miles north of Marshall in Harrison county.
”Preliminary crash reporting indicates that the driver of a 1999 Ford F-150, Hayden Alexander Blalock, 17, of Marshall was traveling west on FM-1997 and struck a wild hog that was on the roadway,” the DPS report read. ”The vehicle went off the roadway to the right were it struck a culvert at CR-4008 and rolled over several times. The unrestrained driver was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced at the scene by Judge Nancy George.“
Blalock was transported to Meadow Brook Funeral Home in Marshall.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.