DALHART and LUBBOCK, Texas — A Dalhart High School football player has died after sustaining a head injury during a game, according to a social media post by family.

Sophomore Yahir Cancino was hurt during the fourth quarter of a junior varsity football game against Sundown High School in Dimmitt on Thursday.

The Dalhart Independent School District reported on Friday that Cancino was airlifted to Lubbock after he lost consciousness during the game.

The school district said at the time he was in critical condition in the Pediatric ICU at UMC Children’s Hospital.

However, his family announced on social media early Saturday morning that Cancino had passed away.

“Thank you to the community of Dalhart and the Texas panhandle for all the prayers, the calls, text and messages but unfortunately Yahir passed from his injuries. We ask for prayers for peace and healing not only for us but for all the people Yahir touched in his life. We have chosen to donate his organs because Yahir was always about helping people and we want to honor his memory.

I know one thing for sure, that is Yahir is with our Heavenly Father this kid love Him so much and was never afraid to share the gospel. I know he is up there pulling pranks and being the little rascal that is is.

Post by family on Facebook

Dalhart ISD Superintendent Jeff Byrd released a statement on behalf of the school district on Saturday.

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Yahir’s family. The Dalhart Community will continue to surround and support them.

Dalhart ISD has been in contact with Region 16 and they will have their Crisis Team here to support our students & staff Tuesday morning.

The Dalhart Ministerial Alliance will also be available for our students and staff members.

The Texas Panhandle Centers of Amarillo will have counselors available Tuesday and they will be available anytime that our staff members or students need them in the future.

Dalhart ISD would also like to thank the Sundown ISD Administration, Coaching Staff, and football program for the love and support they have provided for our entire community.

We would also like to thank the Region 16 Service Center and every Superintendent and School District in Region 16 for the love and support they have provided for our Dalhart ISD Family.

Statement by Dalhart ISD Superintendent Jeff Byrd via Facebook


The Dalhart High School Student Council also announced they will hold a candlelight vigil Sunday evening at 8:30 p.m. The entire community was invited to attend.

A GoFundMe account was set up for the family.